According to the Department of Justice, around 70 million Americans have criminal records which hinder their chances of finding jobs. Many of them face significant challenges related to employment. With large numbers of working-age people carrying the stigma of a criminal record and the disproportionate impact on minority communities -policymakers nationwide have adopted a menu of reforms.
According to the National Employment Law Project, 24 states and more than 100 localities have adopted “fair chance” or “ban the box” policies that delay inquiry into an applicant’s criminal record and build off the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines on the use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions.
In April of this year, the White House unveiled the pledge as a “call-to-action” for the private sector to improve their communities by eliminating barriers for those with a criminal record and creating a pathway for a second chance.
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