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“Ban the Box” Is Reality in NYC; It’s Time to Do It Nationwide

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This question was once a frustrating brick wall if you were an ex-convict living in New York City and applying for a job. There, within a box on almost any application: “Have You Ever Been Convicted of a Felony?”

Those eight words consistently dashed the hopes of generations of people who had paid their debt to society,  and achieved rehabilitation.  All they were trying to do was move on with their lives, despite the scarlet letter of perhaps a stupid adolescent mistake, an act of anger or passion, or a moment of non-critical thinking.

The box ultimately meant that a potential employer had the right to discriminate against an applicant simply because he or she had done time – even a short amount. It was more restraining than the bars they were just freed from.

But those days are now over in New York thanks to the Fair Chance Act taking effect this week after being signed into law last summer. And this should be the case everywhere.

Read more here.

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Written by Madison J. Gray

May 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Posted in EBONY.com

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