Earlier today, President Obama issued an executive order "banning the box" for federal government employees.
What does this mean? Well, you know how on job applications, there's sometimes a little box that asks whether or not you've been convicted of a crime? With the wave of a pen, Obama just ordered that box to be removed from applications for jobs within the federal government, saying, "We can't dismiss people out of hand simply because of a mistake they made in the past."
The president's move follows a 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommendation as to how arrests and convictions should be treated under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Within the first year after their release from prison, 60% to 75% of individuals are unable to find work.
To read Parker Molly's entire article, please click here.