Ban the box: Should employers ask about criminal history?

In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 photo, Lt. Nate Kendrick guards an inmate work crew outside the perimeter fence at the maximum-security Mount Olive Correctional Center in Mount Olive, W.Va. (Steve Helber/AP)


Ban the box: Should employers ask about criminal history?

When Travis Gifford sees the box on a job application form, he knows he's in trouble.Because of the way most applications are written, he has to check off that he was convicted of attempted robbery. It's the main reason he hasn't worked steadily in the two years since his conviction.That's why some activists are pushing to ban the check box, arguing that it prevents convicts from becoming productive members of society.According to the National Unemployment Law Project, nine states and …

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