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Ban The Box - Petition

Business  (tags: job applications, ban the box, former inmates, debt to society, recidivism )

- 1418 days ago -
According to the Department of Justice, more than 650,000 people are released from prison every year and one key element the DOJ identified to reducing recidivism rates is helping them find a job.


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Ben O (128)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 5:53 am
I thank myself for calling on President Obama to issue an Executive Order to remove the criminal record checkbox from federal agency and federal contractor job applications. With regards from Sweden!

Birgit W (160)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 6:36 pm

Patrick D (344)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 6:54 pm
Who has not done things that they regret? I think the appropriate quote is: Let he who is without sin, throw the first stone.

I signed.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 7:11 pm
Very true Patrick. When one is done with their sentence they are suppose to have paid society back. However this box keeps these people paying over and over again in other ways. No wonder they get discouraged and end up back in the only world they have figured out how to survive in. Is hard enough to get an interview as it is but as soon as an employer sees that you know the application goes in the trash or today the delete button.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 8:04 pm
Noted, signed--Thanks Dandelion.

Shirley S (187)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 8:21 pm

Walter F (128)
Thursday July 30, 2015, 10:40 pm

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday July 31, 2015, 12:41 am
Signed petition and shared on facebook and twittersphere.

Arild Warud (174)
Friday July 31, 2015, 2:09 am
Signed,thanks Sheryl.

Giana Peranio Paz (398)
Friday July 31, 2015, 2:54 am
Noted and signes, thanks Dandelion.

BackSoon Fowler (33)
Friday July 31, 2015, 3:27 am
Signed and Noted, Thanks Dandelion

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Friday July 31, 2015, 5:13 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you

Past Member (0)
Friday July 31, 2015, 5:42 am
Allow everyone their right of survival

Past Member (0)
Friday July 31, 2015, 7:07 am
Petition Signed!! Thank you!

Mike M (8)
Friday July 31, 2015, 7:51 am

Winn Adams (179)
Friday July 31, 2015, 8:27 am

SuSanne P (193)
Friday July 31, 2015, 9:28 am
Thank you Dandelion. I went to a new Dr. this past month. One 'medical' question was, "Have I ever been arrested"??? I was in shock! There was no felony/misdemeanor differential either. What would you do in this situation? As Patrick said, we all make foolish choices in our lifetimes. Does one check the box or not, which may be signing a document illegally? That, to me, is much more serious for legal and moral issues. What right does a Dr. have to ask these questions, anyway?

Past Member (0)
Friday July 31, 2015, 10:14 am
noted & signed; Thank you Dandelion!

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday July 31, 2015, 10:53 am
Thanks for calling on President Obama to issue an Executive Order to remove the criminal record checkbox from federal agency and federal contractor job applications.

Mary T (356)
Friday July 31, 2015, 11:45 am
thank you Dandelion - signed and noted

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Friday July 31, 2015, 11:47 am
S&N, Thanks

Past Member (0)
Friday July 31, 2015, 12:46 pm
ACLEd :)

Sheryl G (359)
Friday July 31, 2015, 12:50 pm
I'd say non of their business Susanne and I would of either asked why this is being requested, for what purpose is this for my medical treatment or I would of left it blank.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday July 31, 2015, 1:49 pm
Signed & noted. Many thanks, Dandelion.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday July 31, 2015, 1:50 pm

Freya H (345)
Friday July 31, 2015, 2:55 pm
Remove that "scarlet letter" from people, and a lot of former inmates will be able to find work. Inability to find employment is a major reason for recidivism.

Roger G (148)
Friday July 31, 2015, 3:14 pm
signed, twitted and noted, thanks

Dianna M (16)
Friday July 31, 2015, 4:43 pm
Upworthy had an interesting article posted recently, about the differences in the US prison systems to Norway's. Actually, it was about a documentary about Norway's prisons. Theirs are even more "posh" than ours--yet their recidivism rate is 20% compared to the United States' 50-60%. It was suggested that Norway's focus was on rehabilitation, while the US's is all about punishment.

And I'm looking forward to the next time my coworkers start complaining about how easy prisoners have it . . . !

Victoria P (110)
Friday July 31, 2015, 7:00 pm
Signed with thanks

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Friday July 31, 2015, 8:28 pm
Petition signed. Thank you

Dogan Ozkan (2)
Friday July 31, 2015, 8:52 pm
noted and signed

Past Member (0)
Friday July 31, 2015, 11:06 pm
Signed-thx Dandelion

Inge B (202)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 12:16 am


Patricia N (9)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 12:37 am
A requirement of all prison systems should be training for employment and after release helping to get employment.

Vikram S (34)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 12:50 am
Thanks for sharing. Noted.

Don H (45)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 9:01 am
Noted and signed. Thank you, Dandelion!

Leanne B (46)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 12:03 pm

Sheila D (28)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 6:23 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Dandelion.

David B (34)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 9:57 pm
Thank You Dandelion .

Patricia E G (52)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 11:56 pm
what box...?

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 6:08 am
The box on the employment forms. Visit site it explains.

Patricia E G (52)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 7:15 am
Oooohhh...., The box on employment applications.
Never used them. Always presented a resume.
Besides, when I was employed eons ago, the
question was not included in the interview in
my field of expertise. You were presumed not
a criminal until a background check proved other
wise, but that usually took 3 months. Before the
internet and pre instant-data days.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 2:09 pm
The box has just been another way to cause more throw away people. If one makes a mistake they pay for it over and over again. If one can't get on with life after paying their debt to society, how are they suppose to keep a roof over their head and stay out of criminal enterprises. If what you did before was deal drugs well that is what a person will go back to, because society to earn an honest living isn't letting them in.

As soon as an employer sees that box checked it ends up in the trash or deleted. Not all people convicted of a crime are bank robbers and murderers and a background check, as you say Pat, should pull that up. But for a lot of people who were convicted of non violent crimes, lets give them a chance to get back into society.

Adrienne L (9)
Monday August 3, 2015, 2:46 pm

Animae C (509)
Thursday August 6, 2015, 7:19 pm
Thanks for calling on President Obama to issue an Executive Order to remove the criminal record checkbox from federal agency and federal contractor job applications.

Thanx Dandelion

Angela K (374)
Tuesday August 11, 2015, 1:57 am
Signed & shared, ty Dandelion

Süheyla C (234)
Monday August 17, 2015, 7:53 pm

Gina Caracci (219)
Monday August 24, 2015, 6:36 pm
I didnt sign because I feel employers have the right to know...they are going to find out anyhow
HOWEVER- I think they should NOT be able to deny a job because of someones past history...there needs to be a law stating this and if its found they did discriminate than they can be sued because everyone deserves a 2nd chance or even a 3rd

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Wednesday May 18, 2016, 2:30 am
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