Obama: Ban the Box

Date: 2015-07-16 08:39

From: “Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Action”

Hi ACLU Supporter–

Today, President Obama will become the first-ever sitting president to visit a federal prison when he heads to El Reno in Oklahoma.

And that’s just the latest milestone in a huge week for criminal justice reform.

On Monday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 low-level offenders who were incarcerated for far too long under outdated and unfair sentencing laws.

Then on Tuesday, during a speech at the NAACP National Convention, he laid out plans to reform our broken criminal justice system, including calling on employers to “‘ban the box’ on job applications so that former  prisoners who have done their time and are now trying to get straight with society have a decent shot in a job interview.”

He can start with his own backyard:

Add your name to ask President Obama to remove the criminal record checkbox from federal agency and federal contractor job applications.

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.

Americans agree: Our recent poll found that over 59% believe people who have committed serious crimes can turn their lives around with the right kind of help.

There’s no better place to start than the federal government, which employs more than 2 million civilians, plus the 22% of U.S. workers who are employed by federal and federally-funded contractors or subcontractors.

Adoption of fair-chance hiring throughout the federal workplace would not only demonstrate powerful leadership     – it would also help millions of Americans rebuild their lives.

President Obama has proven this week that he’s ready to reform our criminal justice system. While we have momentum on our side, make sure he knows that this issue is important to you.

Sign our petition asking President Obama to issue an Executive Order to “ban the box” on federal job applications.

Thanks for taking action,

Anthony for the ACLU Action team


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