Ban the Box

I support “banning the box” so that prospective employers cannot automatically reject the applications of ex-convicts. One of the hardest parts of starting your new life after prison is finding an employer. It is hard enough after being out of practice for any extended length of time to find a new job without having to contend with the stigma associated with your past life. I support any initiative that would ban the ability for employers to have mandatory boxes on online applications that ask for your criminal history. All too often, these put ex-convicts in the position of having to tell the truth knowing that their application will be automatically sorted into the trash, or lie to a potential employer to get past the gate. Everybody deserves a second chance, and for many, that means at least getting an interview to be able to explain the journey that has taken them away from their past.