President Obama has just unleashed a new executive order to remove admission of a criminal history from job applications.
As NBC News reports, this is a further step towards what many criminal justice reformers call “ban the box” – the effort to eliminate requirements that job applicants check a box on their applications if they have a criminal record – and continues Obama’s emphasis on assisting criminals who want to re-enter society as part of his continuing agenda items from his “My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.”
About 60-to-75% of former inmates cannot find work within their first year out of jail, according to the Justice Department, a huge impediment to re-entering society.
So we will fix that. Give them a government job. Maybe even a gun and a badge and some authority.
While the background checks were once seen as a common sense way for employers to screen for criminal backgrounds, it has been increasingly criticized as a hurdle that fosters employment discrimination against former inmates.
The White House says the president’s order will take immediate action.
President Obama spoke to several federal prisoners about that very approach in July, when he was the first sitting president to visit an American prison.
Just think, when the TSA agent rifles through your luggage, he has probably been in prison for grand larceny, and when the FBI shows up at your door there is a pretty good chance he is an ex-convict.
The question now is – How long before The White House mandates a minimum convict-hiring program?
Nobody in private industry would hire a convict, so the government has to. Now there will be two types of government workers, those that were caught and did time, and those that haven’t yet (and probably never will).