Tag Archives: Ban the Box

What is the Cost of Firing Someone With a Criminal Record?

Can the government fire employees after the media highlights their criminal records?  They may, but it may come with a cost.  The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) allowed three people into their training program who had records, and all … Continue reading

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Formerly Incarcerated Will Set Forth a Clear Agenda on Nov. 2nd

A shift in the national criminal justice landscape will happen on November 2nd.  It may be slight, as though sitting up in a chair, or it may be like tectonic plates creating an earthquake… but a shift will occur nonetheless.  … Continue reading

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EEOC Accepting Public Input on the Issue of Criminal Background Checks

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will publicly consider developing a policy on Arrest and Conviction Records as a barrier to employment.  They will take testimony via  Commissionmeetingcomments@eeoc.gov DATE AND TIME:  Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 9:30 A.M. Eastern Time PLACE: … Continue reading

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65 Million “Need Not Apply” – Is it Time for Boycotts?

A report released yesterday by National Employment Law Project (NELP) confirms that many companies are instituting blanket bans on hiring people with criminal records, including those with misdemeanors.  Creating what is an public safety issue and, if reforms are not … Continue reading

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Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement Arises!

Alabama represents the answer to a clarion call.  This is a call that speaks to us in our own voice; clear, loud and urgent.  A voice that speaks to our identity and emanates from the soul, ringing true both in … Continue reading

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Latest “Ban the Box” Battleground: RI on Tuesday.

At the Rhode Island Statehouse this Tuesday, civil rights and social justice advocates will be making a stand for an anti-discrimination trend that is sweeping the nation:  “Ban the Box.”  This box on job applications, asking if one has been … Continue reading

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Help Rhode Island “Ban the Box” Sign This Petition!

It is well established that the path to stability for the formerly incarcerated is through employment, yet studies show that simply asking “Have You Been Convicted of a Felony?” is a major barrier on two levels.  First, it sends a … Continue reading

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