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Letter in Support of the Fair Chance Act

The bill includes policies that would help even the playing field in the job market for returning citizens.

Published: March 25, 2019

Terry-Ann Craigie, an econom­ics fellow at the Bren­nan Center and an asso­ci­ate professor of econom­ics at Connecti­cut College, joined other schol­ars and policy insti­tute experts on a letter to House Commit­tee on Over­sight and Reform lead­er­ship in support of the Fair Chance Act. The bill would in-part require hiring managers to wait until the job applic­a­tion process is further along before asking applic­ants about any poten­tial past crim­inal convic­tions. They write that the policy, known as ‘Ban the Box,’ is one way to help even the play­ing field in the job market for return­ing citizens.