Who Needs Reputation Repair? Nearly One Third of Young Americans

One U.S. resident was arrested every two seconds in 2012, according to FBI data.


Nearly half of all American men have been arrested by the time they hit their mid-twenties. 

By age 23, almost a third of Americans have been arrested for a crime, according to a new study that researchers say is a measure of growing exposure to the criminal justice system in everyday life.

The study, published in the journal Crime & Delinquency, found that nearly half (49 percent) of African-American men and 40 percent of white men have been arrested by the age of 23, “which can hurt their ability to find work, go to school and participate fully in their communities,” according to a press release.[1]

Females faired a little better:

By age 23, arrest rates were 20 percent for white females and 18 percent and 16 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively.

I realize that a lot of the people that get arrested do not care about their online reputation, because they are career criminals, gang members, etc. To these kinds of folks, having a bad rep is a good thing.

For the rest of us, having a respectable online reputation might make a huge difference. Maybe the difference between getting a good paying job, or any job at all for that matter.

If you are one of the people that cares about having a good online reputation, you should definitely read this.

References and Footnotes

  1. Nearly Half Of Black Males, 40 Percent Of White Males Are Arrested By Age 23: Study - Huffington Post