Background Buzz Insider
February 3, 2015
NEWSHOUR Poll: Should employers doing background
checks be blocked from seeing nonviolent criminal offenses?
Obama's State of the Union address he cited lowering crime rates
and a lowering incarceration rate nationwide as an administration
goal. But the after-effects of incarceration - or even just a
criminal conviction or arrest - often continue to impact the lives
of ex-offenders long after people have served their sentences.
Should those ex-offenders be given second chances?
Weekend explore how criminal histories are in some cases keeping
ex-offenders from findings jobs, which in turn is driving people
into dire economic circumstances.
reported data from the University of South Carolina last
year that Americans with an arrest record by age 23 are twice
as likely to end up in poverty as their peers. Advocates add that
even a minor criminal history can create barriers for a person's
future, from employment to housing.
number of jurisdictions are now banning preliminary questions
about job applicants' criminal records. But advocates suggest
a policy that goes a step further: to seal nonviolent, low-level
criminal offenses that are more than ten years old, effectively
blocking employers from learning about a potential employee's
criminal record after that time has passed.
employers doing background checks be blocked from seeing any non-violent
Yes, a nonviolent
offense should not be an obstacle to gainful employment
Yes, nonviolent offenses should be sealed from background checks
-- but only after ten years
No, a business owner has the right to know the full background
of the individual he/she is hiring