Most job applications have a checkbox asking applicants to disclose if they have a criminal record. Checking the box slashes the likelihood of a callback or offer by nearly 50 percent. This is devastating for people who are trying to rebuild their lives and provide for their families.
Banning the box gives all job applicants a fair chance at opportunity and a fresh start. We all make mistakes and no person should spend the rest of their lives being judged for one of the worst moments of their past. This not only hold back Kentuckians, but also harm our economy overall by shrinking our tax base and keeping people from earning enough to support themselves.