Category: Ban the Box

Nov 13

End “Stovepipe Approach” to Public Safety, State Officials Told

The Crime Report By Ted Guest To many Americans, “criminal justice reform” means addressing two prominent challenges: reining in abusive police officers or cutting prison populations. This week, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Association of State Correctional Administrators brought teams from all 50 states to Washington, D.C., to underline the fact that reform means much …

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Aug 30

Colleges Shouldn’t Ask about Applicants’ Criminal Histories, but Most in Philly Do

Generocity By Julie Zeglen Ban the box and Clean Slate initiatives have gained statewide traction in recent months as means to eliminate barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated folks. But what about those folks facing barriers to education? This morning, Community Legal Services (CLS) released its report “Opening Doors: How Philadelphia Area Colleges Can Promote Access …

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Aug 30

Nevada’s New Record-Sealing Law: “One of Broadest” in U.S.

The Crime Report By Suzanne Potter Nevada is the kind of place where a lot of people end up needing a second chance. It’s a state where the booms and busts of the gaming industry have led many into poverty, drug abuse, even jail time. So, as it slowly recovers from the 2008 recession, legislators …

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Jul 27

Ban the Box and Beyond: Ensuring Individuals with a Criminal Record Have Access to the Labor Market

This report from the Center for American Progress discusses the reforms needed to ensure people with criminal records have equitable access to the labor market and economic security. It outlines the collateral consequences of mass incarceration and recent advancements in the U.S. criminal justice system’s approach to reentry. Also discussed are federal, state, and local “ban the box” policies …

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Jun 18

LA Becomes First State to Ban the Box on College Admissions Applications

Fox 8 WVUE New Orleans By Shelly Brown Governor John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 688 into law on Friday, making Louisiana the first state in the nation to ban the box on college admissions applications. Starting this fall, the new law prohibits public post-secondary education institutions in the state from inquiring about a potential …

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