Research Report Ban the Box and Racial Discrimination
A Review of the Evidence and Policy Recommendations
Christina Plerhoples Stacy, Mychal Cohen
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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.
Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Children and youth Race and equity Greater DC
Tags Corrections Employment and income data Delinquency and crime Civil rights laws and regulations Beyond high school: education and training Inequality and mobility
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Cities Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV