REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a discussion on criminal justice reform at the White House in Washington October 22, 2015.
Convictions often prevent Americans from getting good jobs, but this may be about to change
November 4, 2015,
President Obama announced this week that he is directing federal agencies to "ban the box" in their hiring decisions, prohibiting them from asking prospective government employees about their criminal histories on job applications. In this post, Jeffery Robinson of the ACLU discusses the impact of this executive action. For more on the importance of ban the box policies and other criminal justice reforms in improving the lives of minority boys and men, see the recent Brookings paper, "The challenges of My Brother's Keeper" by Fredrick Harris.