Ban the Box and Racial Discrimination

Research Report

Ban the Box and Racial Discrimination

A Review of the Evidence and Policy Recommendations

Abstract

Over 150 cities and counties and 34 states and Washington, DC, have adopted ban-the-box policies, which
remove questions about criminal history from applications and delay background checks until later in the
hiring process. Recent research shows that ban the box has increased callback rates for people with criminal
records, but that it has also reduced the likelihood that employers call back or hire young black and Latino
men. This brief will explore policy additions to prevent negative impacts on people of color, while still
improving job access for people with criminal records.

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