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January 18, 2013 (The Sentencing Project)

The Sentencing Project Comments on Criminal Background Checks

The United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) held a briefing on December 7 in Washington regarding the impact of criminal background checks on employment, and its particular effects for black and Latino workers. Given that 92% of employers conduct criminal background checks, it is clear that millions of Americans are affected by criminal background checks when applying for a job.

Effective public policy should encourage individuals who have made mistakes in the past to turn their lives around and engage in rehabilitative efforts that result in personal growth that will strengthen public safety.  While employers have a justifiable interest in seeking a law-abiding workforce, prospective workers should not be disqualified by past conduct that has little or no bearing on their suitability for employment.

You can read The Sentencing Project's comments to USCCR by clicking here.
Issue Area(s): Racial Disparity, Collateral Consequences