Although they have paid their debt and served their time, individuals with a criminal history are too often denied the opportunity at redemption and turned away from legitimate employment, which would help engage them in productive activities that improve the quality of life for everyone and enable them to become productive members of society. In efforts to eliminate employment barriers for formerly incarcerated people, public entities (local municipalities and state governments), as well as corporations and business, must “ban the box” or remove the question about criminal history from the initial job application forms. In this workshop faith communities will learn how they can get involved at the local and national level with the “Ban the Box” Campaign and other reentry initiatives.
Aundreia Alexander, Esq., National Council of Churches
Carlton T. Mayers, II, Esq., NAACP National Office