Fair chance hiring helps level the playing field for those reentering society after incarceration and can include “banning the box,” or prohibiting questions about criminal histories early in the hiring process.
A bipartisan push to prevent state employers from asking job applicants about criminal histories until after interviews has received House committee backing. Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, a Baton Rouge Democrat, says her "ban the box" bill joins a national movement to employ former inmates.
Citing their own concerns and those raised by representatives of Faith in Community, a member of the PICO National Network, the Fresno City Council voted 5-0 on Thursday to reject Police Chief Jerry Dyer’s request for Intrado Inc's Beware software to scour online public records.
The story of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, shot and killed in a Florida gas station parking lot in 2012 after an altercation about the boys' music being too loud, 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets highlights the real world, and often deadly consequences of racial bias - specifically for black men and boys.
A group of national faith leaders, who were in Ferguson for the one-year anniversary events of the murder of Mike Brown and Ferguson Uprising, lament the continued assault on an already traumatized and hurting community.
Approaching the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th, we face a current political and social climate that continues to belie Black and Brown humanity - where, without impunity, the young black body of Mike Brown lay in the street for over 4 hours in the blazing summer heat.