A New Study Shows Ban the Box Policies Are Working

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) notes that more than 150 cities in 28 states have adopted some version of Ban the Box laws, with similar laws expecting to be passed in additional cities and states. The goal of the law is to prevent employers from automatically disqualifying candidates with minor or irrelevant convictions without first conducting interviews. Although there is criticism against Ban the Box, a recent study that used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth has revealed that the laws have helped individuals who have minor criminal convictions and proclaims that there has been a 40% increase in the probability that individuals with criminal records will find employment.

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