COLUMBIA, South Carolina (WIS) -- Arrests can stand in the way of financial aid, education, and jobs, roadblocks a new University of South Carolina study shows stand in the way of many young adults.
"Roughly a third of the population gets arrested by their early 20's," said Professor Robert Brame.
Using numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Brame found that 49 percent of black males have been arrested by age 23.
That's compared to 38 percent of white males.
The survey did not count arrests for minor traffic violations.
"Criminal histories can present real barriers and so it's important to understand the extent to which those barriers are facing America's youth," said Brame.