Last week, researchers at the University of Michigan and Princeton University released the results of one of the latest studies regarding the effects of so-called “Ban the Box” legislation. Prior to the legislation, employers could ask applicants about their criminal background as part of the employment application process. This resulted in substantial barriers to employment for minority applicants, particularly African Americans and Latinos statistically more likely to have been incarcerated or have a criminal record. It has also, some believe, resulted in prison overcrowding.
Both bad things.