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Study: Ban the Box

Job applications without criminal history questions help increase hiring of former prisoners

A study shows that removing questions about criminal history from job applications is having a positive effect on re-entering the workforce for Americans with criminal histories. Known as fair chance laws or "Ban-the-Box", a study has reported that residents in high-crime U.S. neighborhoods have seen an increase in employment by up to four percent.

"The finding has significant criminal justice and economic implications: Previous research has shown that employment significantly reduces repeat offenses and helps former prisoners establish secure housing, health insurance and other basic necessities—all of which contributes to a community’s safety and stability."
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