Alexandria Delegate Rob Krupicka Introduces
"Ban the Box" Bill, Helping Ex-Offenders Find Jobs
Del. Rob Krupicka
"Unemployed offenders are 2.1 times more likely to be re-arrested than employed offenders. Unfortunately many ex-offenders have trouble getting past even the first step of the application process."

JAN. 14, 2014 ... On January 8, for Virginia's 2014 legislative session, Alexandria Delegate Rob Krupicka offered a "Ban the Box" bill to remove questions about criminal history from initial Virginia State Government job applications. House Bill 892 is part of a growing national trend toward "Ban the Box" legislation, already adopted by 10 U.S. states and 54 cities.

The bill would—
>  Only apply to State Government jobs
>  Not apply to "sensitive" jobs, such as law enforcement
>  Not prevent an employer from checking the criminal background of an applicant during later stages of the application procedure

Stated Del. Krupicka in a send-off note to constituents: "In Alexandria alone, 13 people are released from jail every day. In trying to re-integrate into society, finding employment can be one of the most useful factors in reducing recidivism rates. Unemployed offenders are 2.1 times more likely to be re-arrested than employed offenders. Unfortunately many ex-offenders have trouble getting past even the first step of the application process. This bill would remove the box on applications for State jobs that asks people if they have been convicted of a felony.

"This is not about hiding an individual's past," Krupicka continued, and "employers can still ask about criminal history during the interview process. All this bill aims to do is help ex-offenders reach more job interviews that hopefully will lead to more jobs. This is about providing a path to re-integration for people who have already paid for their crimes and now want to become contributing members of their society."

For more information, visit Del. Krupicka's website: http://www.krupicka.com/news/krupickas-ban-box-bill-would-ax-criminal-history-questions-job-applications

 

 

 
 
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