National Offender Re-Entry Association

The Association that help you STOP the revolving jail door.

                                                                                                                      Help Tennessee "Ban the Box"

On most job applications, individuals with a felony conviction are required to check a box that almost immediately disqualifies them from the possibility of getting an interview. We can change this by asking employers to choose the best candidates based on job skills and qualifications, instead of tossing their applications out because of past convictions. The “Ban the Box” campaign aims to give people with criminal records a fair shot at a second chance. Please join with Second Chance and sign our petition asking President Obama to “ban the box” for all public and private sector jobs.

“The dignity of work is central in importance to successful re-entry.”

– Piper Kerman, author, Orange is the New Black, October 17, 2015, San Diego, CA

Workers remain the backbone of our nation, but for the 30% of Americans with a criminal record, finding employment can be especially difficult. 

Currently, 19 states have passed laws or enacted policy to provide a fair chance at employment for job seekers with a felony on their record. More than 100 cities and counties have adopted what is widely known as “ban the box” so that employers consider a job candidate’s qualifications first, without the stigma of a conviction. These initiatives provide applicants an equal playing field for employment by removing the conviction history question on the job application and delaying the background check inquiry until later in the hiring process.

At a July 2015 NAACP Conference, President Barack Obama said, “Let’s follow the growing number of our states and cities and private companies who have decided to ban the box on job applications so that former prisoners who have done their time and are now trying to get straight with society have a decent shot with a job interview.”

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