Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Jim Crow: "Ban The Box" law takes affect in some states.

Interesting. Do you think they need to get rid of this question in order to give those seeking a job a fair chance? Read the article and decide for yourself.


When Jonathan Jones reveals he was convicted of first-degree murder, went to prison as a juvenile and was paroled 28 years and two months later, anyone might feel a tinge of discomfort.

So imagine when Jones, out of prison at 45, starts filling out job applications and, inevitably, the dreaded box appears: Check here if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.
Once the box is checked, the callbacks are few.

“It’s a challenge because when you have been convicted of a felony, a lot of them don’t give you a chance,” said Jones, who’s getting house cleaning and warehouse jobs through a temp agency while living in transitional housing in south central Los Angeles. “When they see you’ve checked that box, a lot of them will throw it in the trash.”

States and cities across the country are enacting laws to ban the prior-conviction box from job applications, a movement that has picked up momentum this decade.

Twelve states including California, Colorado, Connecticut and Illinois have adopted “Ban the Box” policies. Most limit the ban to public jobs, but four states – Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island — have removed the conviction history question on job applications for private employers, according to the National Employment Law Project. Illinois is expected to follow suit.

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