Ban the Box promotes employers to not ask about arrest history and to remove the question about criminal history from the initial job application forms and to ask the question about criminal history only in instances where it relates to the job in question. Instead, the question about criminal history would be asked during the face-to-face interview or after a conditional job offer has been made to the applicant contingent upon the criminal background check.
This provides employment opportunities to people with criminal records by not allowing employers to “blanket ban” them from employment. Ultimately, access to gainful employment will improve the quality of life for people with criminal records and the communities in which they live, which will reduce recidivism and increase public safety. This is especially important for communities of color with African-Americans comprising 14% of the U.S. population, but 40% of the U.S. incarcerated population.
- Addressing and Preventing Wrongful Convictions
- Ban the Box: the Problem, the Facts, the Solution
- Ban The Box Op-Ed by NAACP President/CEO Cornell William Brooks