Showing Posts In "Criminal Records" Category

The 50 State Restoration of Rights Project

The Restoration of Rights Project is an online resource containing detailed state-by-state analyses of the law and practice in each U.S. jurisdiction relating to restoration of rights and status following arrest or conviction. Jurisdictional “profiles” cover areas such as loss and restoration of civil rights and firearms rights, judicial and executive mechanisms for avoiding or […]


Many people with a criminal record have made a single mistake. For millions, that mistake was shoplifting, passing a bad check, or having an argument turn into a fight. Nearly one-third of the adult working-age population has a criminal record, and because of a single mistake, they will face huge obstacles to achieving gainful employment. […]

Updates to California’s Restrictions on Using Criminal Records in Employment Decisions

Although California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) put restrictions into place for a covered employer’s ability to make hiring decisions based on an individual’s criminal history, a new Fair Chance Act FAQ document, effective Oct. 1, 2020, is bringing renewed and substantial attention to how employers use criminal records in hiring and personnel decisions. […]

Why Hiring People with Criminal Records Encourages True Diversity

According to research, one in three adults in America has a criminal record, and employers who look over this population could be missing out on employees who have the potential to transform their perspectives and increase their profits. Hiring those with a criminal background not only has the potential to allow employers to decrease bias […]

Give Job Applicants with Criminal Records a Fair Chance

Businesses have an opportunity to address racism by implementing a practice called fair chance hiring, which is based on the premise that everyone, regardless of background, has the right to be fairly assessed for a role they are qualified for. While it is true that black men are incarcerated at more than five times the […]

How We’re Humanizing the Background Check Process with Candidate Stories

Checkr’s Candidate Stories, a human-focused feature, is allowing the stories of those with criminal records to be told. According to the company, one-third of Americans have a criminal record and those released from prison each year face significant challenges when applying for work. Without a job, those with a criminal background are more likely to […]

North Carolina Also Bans-The-Box

In December 2019, President Trump signed into law the Fair Chance Act, prohibiting federal agencies and government contractors from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history before making a conditional employment offer, unless a specified exception applies. Many states and localities have enacted ban-the-box laws. North Carolina will be the next to do so when, on […]

Ten Years for a Second Chance? New York’s Sealing Statute Lags Behind Other States

In 2019, 31 states and the District of Columbia enacted laws permitting criminal records to be sealed and, while New York was one of them, the state’s 10-year limitation caused the New York Crim. Proc. Law to remain severely underused. The rule seemed to prioritize simplicity over justice, with 10 years being the longest waiting […]

The Problem with ‘Clean Slate’ Policies: Could Broader Sealing of Criminal Records Hurt More People Than It Helps?

Advocates for the sealing of criminal records are pushing to expand the set of records eligible for sealing and to leverage technology to make sealing automatic – or the enactment of “Clean Slate” policies. While those in favor of these measures aim to create policies that will make it easier for people to have paid […]

Maryland’s Ban the Box Law Requires Swift Action for Employers to Comply

The Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Criminal Record Screening Practices Act. Employers must be prepared to comply with the law when it takes effect on February 29, 2020. The act establishes a statewide ban the box law prohibiting certain employers in Maryland from requiring a job applicant to […]


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