CJ020 Employment Status

Drug use may disqualify someone from employment if drug testing is a requirement.  Often times insurance is tied to employment.  Individuals with a substance use disorder often have a limited capacity to maintain successful employment a lack of employment can put an individual at risk for future criminal involvement or failure to meet the conditions of their supervision.  Employment is a pro-social activity that helps reduce risk of recidivism in the criminal justice population. It also helps secure better financial stability and reduce likelihood of criminal engagement.

Data Sources

Interviews of jail inmates completed by staff from The Recovery Center, Fairfield County ADAMH Board. The Center for State Courts provided analysis of the data as part of the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Grant received by the Fairfield County ADAMH Board, 2013-2016.


The jail population consisted of inmates who scored ≥4 on the Simple Screening Instrument, which indicated moderate to high risk for alcohol or drug abuse.  The privacy restrictions approved by the National Center for State Court’s Institutional Review Board were followed.  Limited demographics were collected to ensure anonymity.  The jail sample was primarily male (71%) and the age distribution was 18-24 (22%), 25-34 (40%), 35-44 (24%), 45-54 (10%), and 55 years or older (4%).