New Study Finds Little Evidence "Ban the Box" Policies Reduce Recidivism for Minorities
Date:  01-22-2020

Study looks at why black formerly incarcerated individuals released in a job market with a BTB policy have a higher rate of recidivism
From The Crime Report:

Efforts to remove questions about previous convictions from employment applications have little effect on recidivism, a new study finds.

Ryan Sherrand, an economics professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, examined data from states and jurisdictions that have passed “Ban the Box” (BTB) policies from 2000 to 2016 and found “little evidence that BTB policies are reducing recidivism.”

In recent years, politicians and advocates have pushed for legislation to reduce the barriers for employment for the almost 700,000 ex-offenders released from state and federal prisons each year. In an effort to reduce recidivism, 25 states have adopted “Ban the Box” policies that prevent employers from asking applicants about their criminal record. Continue reading >>>