The “Ban the Box” movement is reaching new heights. Currently there are 25 Ban the Box bills in 19 states. Further, advocates of the policy are urging President Obama to issue an executive order which would prevent most government and federal contractors from inquiring about a candidate’s criminal history. For security reasons, certain agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, would likely be exempted should this order be put into effect. Advocates argue that criminal background checks can counter the justice system’s goal of rehabilitation. An estimated 70 million Americans have criminal backgrounds. Many of those with criminal backgrounds are minorities, leading organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Council of La Raza and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund to support Ban the Box initiatives.
For more information about the “Ban the Box” ordinance, contact Joseph Messer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 334-3440.
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