Ban the Box
When people come out of prison, one of the most important keys to successful re-entry into the community is getting a job. Yet on many applications there is a check box "Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony". If you check that box you can be pretty sure your application will go straight into the trash. The Ban the Box bill, (house 5507/senate357) would remove that question from applications and provide some basic protections from employment discrimination, as well as provide employers with some liability protection. Employers can still learn about the applicant's history in the interview process and relevant background checks are still run. It simply allows applicants a fair chance to be considered for a job and be given a chance to prove themselves.
Watch this video about how important this legislation is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZrPrTcldtM
Check the State House Watch for current information about upcoming hearings.