Ban the Box campaign

Ban the Box campaign

Board of Church & Society


“Ban the Box”

The movement to forbid employers to ask job applicants about criminal convictions at the beginning of the application process is gaining traction.  Nineteen states and one hundred cities and counties are on board with this concept and now President Obama has ordered federal agencies also to “ban the box” as these fair chance laws are being called. (The box referred to is the one you would check on a job application that asks about a criminal record.)

What this means is that the 70 million Americans who have some kind of criminal record get a chance to be full participants in society and be able to support themselves and a family.  The “ban the box” campaign does not suggest ignoring people’s records, but simply, as President Obama said, “giving folks a chance to get through the door.”
Read more in this NY Times editorial and through the links provided in the piece: