Obama Calls on Congress to ‘Ban the Box’ on Criminal Records

Criminal justice advocates scored a big win Monday with President Obama’s announcement of new measures aimed at easing reintegration of returning citizens—individuals released from state and federal prisonswho number more than 600,000 annually.

As part of a broader plan to tackle mass incarceration, Obama ordered federal agencies to delay inquiries into criminal backgrounds in a bid to prevent employment discrimination against formerly incarcerated people.

His directive is expected to move the government closer to “banning the box”: ending the hiring practice that requires prospective employees to disclose past felonies on job applications.

Read the entire article at RH Reality Check including some great quotes from Mujahid Farid, director of Resist grantee Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP).

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