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Does Ban the Box Apply to Contractor Networks? Everything You Need to Know

Fifteen states and more than 20 cities or counties in the United States have passed legislation for private employers to consider the applicant’s job qualifications before reviewing their criminal record. Although no federal statute or legislation is currently in place, this could come in time. The evolving Ban the Box landscape has changed what can […]

The [Ongoing] Evolution of Ban the Box

First implemented in 1998 in Hawaii, Ban the Box laws have become much more than just removing the section on an application asking about criminal history. Many of today’s regulations also govern when employers are allowed to ask about criminal records and while the majority cover the public sector, many laws also apply to private-sector […]

It’s Time to Rethink Candidates’ Criminal Records

With nearly one in three Americans with a criminal record and the major labor shortage, employers must rethink how they view hiring individuals with past arrests or convictions. Doing so can help fight the statistics of a March 2018 study that demonstrated 45 percent of people released from prison had not reported earning income for […]

How Data-Based Policies Can Help the Formerly Incarcerated Win a ‘Second Chance’

Recidivism is not unique to any state or region; in fact, two out of three people are rearrested within three years after being released from prison and 50 percent are reincarcerated. Some argue the issue isn’t related to funding and there are plenty of ways to cut back on the cost of recidivism. In Tennessee, […]

A Criminal Record Should Not Be a Life Sentence to Poverty

About 70 to 100 million Americans have some sort of criminal record, standing in the way of reentry, economic stability and full participation in society. Black, Indigenous and Latino communities have been particularly harmed, with people of color disproportionately bearing the brunt of mass incarceration and overcriminalization. The Center for American Progress teamed up with […]

How Data-Based Policies Can Help the Formerly Incarcerated Win a ‘Second Chance’

Two out of three people are rearrested within three years after being released from prison and 50 percent are reincarcerated. Many states are working to develop policies that are aimed at reducing recidivism and improving public safety. An opportunity is available for lawmakers to embrace a data-driven approach to prisoner reentry and support legislation that […]

Colorado’s ‘ban the box’ Law Allowed Man Convicted of Double-Murder to Land Nursing Home Job

Twenty-two-year-old Gideon Long was released from prison in 2018 after serving seven years for murdering his parents, shooting his younger brother, and slitting the throat of his younger sister. But when he lied on an application to Good Samaritan Society’s Loveland Village, he was selected for the job, thanks to House Bill 19-1025, which banned […]

Give Job Applicants with Criminal Records a Fair Chance

Fair chance hiring mandates that employers only assess a candidate’s criminal record after the candidate has been interviewed and is considered qualified for a role. As many as one in three Americans have a criminal record and just 5 percent of Black Americans with a criminal record get called back after a job interview, compared […]

Criminal Background Checks: Cautious Employers Could Cost Their Company

When a criminal background check on an applicant results in an arrest record with no conviction, it is best for employers to call counsel to avoid unnecessary costs and claims. Not doing so could lead to liability, so it is important to 1. Understand whether a violation has already occurred by an employer in simply […]

DeSoto Votes in Favor of ‘Ban-the-Box’ Policy for Job Hiring

DeSoto City council recently approved a Ban-the-Box policy that, according to member Candice Quarles, “aims to remove job barriers for people with records.” The passing of the legislation comes during a time when Quarles said the nation must find more ways to increase work. DeSoto joins the City of Austin, as well as 36 states […]


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