Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Case for Reforming Criminal Background Checks in Employment

by Michelle Natividad Rodriguez
The Open Society Foundations
March 28, 2011

Today, Americans with criminal records are at a crossroads. A substantial portion of our population—some 65 million people, more than one in four U.S. adults—have an arrest or conviction record, and most large employers now perform background checks. As a result of employers’ misuse of these background checks, millions of workers have had the door of opportunity slammed in their faces.

Many job ads include language like this: “No exceptions! No misdemeanors or felonies of any type ever in background.” People with records, ready and willing to work, can’t find jobs to support their families and contribute to their communities.

The National Employment Law Project's new report, 65 Million "Need Not Apply:" The Case for Reforming Criminal Background Checks for Employment," provides a wake-up call to America about the harsh reality that confronts workers with arrest and conviction records every day.
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