Milwaukee Leaders Propose Banning People Being Forced to Check the Box for Criminal Past
Posted: Oct 4, 2016 7:49 PM CDT
Milwaukee leaders gathered at city hall on Tuesday to talk about “Ban the Box” movement.
Alderwoman Chantia Lewis wants to make it illegal for the city to ask a job applicant about his or her criminal history.
“Ban the box" refers to application forms that require people to check a box if they have a criminal past.
The city already has a policy not to ask about it.
Lewis would make that policy a law.
"Once someone has paid their debt to society and atoned for their indiscretions, their past should not dictate their future endeavors,” said Lewis.
Lewis said ex-offenders should at least have a chance to get in the door and demonstrate their qualifications for city employment.