Study: Participants needed for research on lasting effects of criminal convictions and legal financial obligations

The University of Minnesota is seeking participants for a study on how criminal convictions and legal financial obligations affect individuals’ lives.

The study will address several aspects of the effects that felony convictions have on one’s life. Researchers will investigate how contact with the criminal justice system and, specifically, legal financial obligations (court fines, fees, etc.) have influenced the transition into employment, stable housing and continued education.

Eligible participants must be 18 years or older, speak English, and have been sentenced to pay fines or fees in the following counties: Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsay, Steele or Beltrami. Participants will be compensated with a $15 Target gift card.

Sample questions to be asked by researchers:

  • About how much do you earn in a month?
  • How much do you owe in legal obligations?
  • How has your conviction or incarceration affected you personally?

Participation in the study is confidential, and the information provided is available only to the researchers conducting the study.  Names will be omitted from reports. Interviews will last approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

To participate, contact mnfines@umn.edu, or call 651-505-FINE (3463) and leave a message.