Ban the Box in D.C.

Ban the Box in D.C.

Last week, the DC Council moved legislation forward that would help former prisoners get past the first hurdle in job hunting. We explore the issues around "Ban the Box" legislation.

In the current economy, finding a job is a challenge, and it's even tougher for those with a criminal record. Many job applications ask job seekers to check a box if they have a criminal record. D.C. recently moved legislation forward requiring employers to hold off asking the question until later in the hiring process. But some in the business community say "banning the box" could have unintended consequences. We explore the issues.

Guests

Harry Wingo

President and CEO, DC Chamber of Commerce

Charles Thornton

Director, DC Office on Returning Citizen Affairs

Nancy La Vigne

Director, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute

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