Ban the Box

Few can anticipate just how hard reentry can be when you've got a felony conviction branded on your chest, and a feeling that the world wants you to fail.
Election year or not, the men and women representing us must hear our stories and recognize that "moving" or "banning" the box in higher education must become law to make education a equal chance, not just in New York State but nationwide.
The problem, according to some critics of the policy, is that while BTB might help those with criminal records get their feet in the door, employers without criminal record information will engage in "statistical discrimination."
My father first went to jail when I was three years old. Growing up under these circumstances provided me with firsthand insight into how the criminal justice system sets up first-time -- indeed, one-time -- offenders to be repeat offenders.
Trump always gets press but the fact that he's hired three people who've done time shouldn't be as newsy as it is. We make hiring people convicted of felonies a bigger deal than it should be.
When you are released from prison, the last thing you want to do is spend the rest of your life reliving the mistakes that put you away in the first place. I should know: when I got out of prison in 2001, I wanted nothing more than to go back to school, earn my degree, and get a job that would turn my life around.
Most recently, the states of Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin imposed the policy on their own governments, bringing the
The Education Department wants colleges to "ban the box."
I'd heard that it's hard for those who have served time to find work, but I was confident because I thought I had the skills I needed to get my life back on track and become a productive member of my community. I had no idea that the job market is barricaded against people like me.
Currently, criminal justice policy makers and thought leaders are examining the racial disparities in both our criminal justice
In 2016, our leaders in City Hall and the State Capital can take affirmative steps to reduce the number of incarcerated New Yorkers, while increasing services to those who are behind bars.
A law barring former prisoners from holding certain jobs during their lifetimes "sweeps unnecessarily broadly," Pennsylvania judges determined.
35 years ago, courts were just starting to rule that sexual harassment was against the law; women earned only 60 cents for every dollar earned by men, and paid maternity leave was not even a pipe dream. At box offices across the country, the film 9 to 5 received both critical and commercial success.
Leslie Herod is a community activist and former senior policy advisor for Governor Ritter. She is running for state House
We all know a 180 when we see one. Those transformations that literally mean going in the opposite direction, that figuratively mean you have turned your life around. From night to day, from a season of decline to a season of hope and opportunity.
What will it take to motivate Dems to revive their party? How about thousands of Kentuckians being kicked off health insurance?
If you've ever applied for a job, you've probably seen the box we're talking about. Applications often require you to check if you've ever been convicted of a crime.