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Why Ban-The-Box?

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January 23, 2015

In a Q&A, Bloomberg BNA talks to a senior policy researcher with the RAND Corporation, about the history and rationale for ban-the-box laws, defined as “laws that prohibit employers from asking about or considering an applicant’s criminal background until the later stages of the application process.” A number of states have adopted them, but there’s not much in the way of data about their effects. However one study, from Hawaii, does suggest that the state’s 1998 law resulted in a reduced recidivism rate. Some key questions remain to be answered, among them: the effect of ban-the-box laws on workforce production, turnover rates, and insurance rates.

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