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Ban the Box on College Applications
About this campaign
Demand that universities/colleges provide an application that does not include the discriminatory "box" nor ask applicants any question(s) pertaining to past guilt or conviction of a misdemeanor, felony, or other prior offense in the initial application process.
Statistics Support College After Incarceration: The national recidivism rate (1) drops from 76% to 5.6% if an individual obtains a bachelor’s degree and below 1% with a Masters degree (2,3). Most crimes on campus are committed by people with no prior convictions (4).
Thus, as a public safety strategy, universities and colleges should be doing everything they can to promote access to higher education – not create more barriers.
Support this Petition: Job Opportunities Task Force in partnership with From Prison Cells to Phd and other organizations insist that you support “Ban the Box on College Applications.” Sign the petition here: http://fromprisoncellstophd.org/ban-the-box