Thesis Survey

Thesis Survey



You are invited to participate in our HR Professionals survey. In this survey, approximately 200 people will be asked to complete a questionnaire that asks questions about the interview/hiring considerations towards convicted felons. For this survey, the term convicted felon will be used to describe non-violent offenders and white-collar criminals. Completion of this survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. There are no foreseeable risks associated with this project. However, if you feel uncomfortable answering any questions, you can withdraw from the survey at any point. It is very important for us to learn your opinions.

Your survey responses will be stricly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate. Your information will be coded and will remain confidential. If you have questions at any time about the survey or the procedures, you may contact Mellony Milton by email at the email address specified below.

Thank you very much for your time and support. Please start with the survey now by clicking on the Continue button below.

How long have you worked at your organization?
Less than 6 months
6 months to 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
More than 5 years

What is your organization’s business type?
Sole Proprietorship
Partnership (General/Limited)
Corporation (C corp/S corp)
Non-Profit Entity

What is your organization’s primary line of business?
Food Producer/Retailer
Healthcare Providers/Suppliers
Household Goods
Oil & Gas Producers/Services
Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology
Real Estate
Support Services
Utilities (Gas, Water, Electric)

What is the size of your organization?
0 – 999 employees
1,000 – 4,999 employees
5,000 – 9,999 employees
10,000 + employees

What is the primary source used for reference and background checks for your organization?
In-house staffers
Outsourced agency
Internet site
Governmental source

What types of reference and background checking are conducted by your industry? (Check all that apply)
Work History
Credit Report
Criminal History
Driving Record
Education History
Certification Credentials
Employee Provided References


What time frame is specified on your organization's application for employment in reference the the past conviction question?
Have you been convicted of a felony in the past 5 years
Have you been convicted of a felony in the past 10 years
Have you ever been convicted of a felony
No such question on our organizational application
Any other time frame

Very Positive Somewhat Positive Neutral Somewhat Negative Very Negative
If a potential employee discloses their felony record to you during an interview, how do you view this act?
How would you view their ability to discuss their criminal past as a lesson learned?

Would your organization still consider hiring an ex-offender if they were the top candidate?
Definitely Probably Absolutely Not

What factors does your organization use when deciding to hire an individual with a prior conviction? (Check all that apply)
Offense dates
Type of offense
Work experience
Length of incarceration
Knowledge, skill & ability of person
Arrest record
Length of time since last offense
Length of probation/parole
Length of time exhausted between the end of probation/parole and interview/application

* What is the MOST IMPORTANT factor used by your organization? (Please use selections from prior question)

What is the chance of a convicted felon, who has been out of state incarceration/supervison for 10 years and no other offenses obtaining a job in your organization, provided they meet all of your hiring requirements?
Likely Neutral Unlikely

Absolutely Likely Neutral Unlikely Impossible
Do you believe that access to criminal records by the public outweighs any concerns of privacy for the convicted felon?
Do you believe that a three year sentence in prison would equate to a life sentence of unemployment or even recidivism due to criminal record access and refusal to hire by an organization?
Should the state be in charge of offender re-entry programs to end the revolving door of recidivism?
Should employers be willing participants in offender re-entry programs to reduce recidivism?
Do you believe that when an ex-offender re-enters the community that someone must deal with the political, economic and social consequences?
Please indicate the highest level of education completed.
High School or equivalent
Vocational/Technical School (2 year)
Some College
College Graduate (4 year)
Some Graduate
Master's Degree (MS)
Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Professional Degree (MD, JD, etc.)
What is your gender?
Which of the following best describes the area you live in?
How would you classify your race/ethnic group?
African American/Black
Indigenous or Aboriginal Person
Asian/Pacific Islander
What is your age?
Under 20
20 - 29
30 - 39
40 - 49
50 - 59
60 and Over
Please share any additional comments of concerns on this subject.