Ban the Box

What is Ban the Box?

This campaign calls for removing the question and check box, “Have you been convicted by a court?” from applications for employment, housing, public benefits, insurance, loans and other services.

All of Us or None

A national civil rights movement of formerly-incarcerated people and families, known as “All of Us or None,” was established in 2004, after identifying that there is a huge discrimination barrier towards returning citizens. 1 in every 4 adults in the United States has a conviction in their past that can make it hard to find employment or a place to live. Discrimination towards returning citizens must stop, in order for them to move forward with more positive lives. Check out this page for more updates on Ban The Box or go to the link provided and support the campaign.

NELP: National Employment Law Project

NELP has been around for more than 45 years and fight to ensure that all workers in the United States are treated fairly and have access to economic growth and opportunity. They publish research that can help improve policies for workers and they partner with other organizations to create reform where it is needed most. NELP has adopted Ban The Box as one of the campaigns.

Campaign’s Success to Date

Today over 45 cities and counties, including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, and San Francisco have removed the question regarding conviction history from their employment applications. Seven states, Hawai’i, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, have changed their hiring practices in public employment to reduce discrimination based on arrest or conviction records. Some cities and counties and the state of Massachusetts have also required their vendors and private employers to adopt these fair hiring policies. In some areas, private employers are also voluntarily adopting ban the box hiring policies.

Breaking Down the Ban the Box Campaign: The Daily Show