‘Ban the box’ could ease unemployment

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Few things in life are as vital as having a job. A steady income means the ability to provide the basics while making purchases that strengthen the economy.

Why, then, do government regulations prevent hundreds of thousands of Americans from obtaining and keeping a job? According to the Justice Department, more than 650,000 men and women are released from jail each year.

However, a much sought after second chance remains out of reach for many who can’t find employment. And when people with criminal records can’t find jobs, they’re more likely to re-offend, which leads to again being arrested, convicted and incarcerated, all at taxpayer expense.

There is a way to end this cycle, however…

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