A single question on a job application can disrupt a returning citizen's future: Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
Nationwide, as many as 60 percent of ex-prisoners are unemployed one year after their release from prison. This signals pending disaster — not only for the ex-prisoners and their families, but also for the broader community.
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Unemployment rates for ex-prisoners like Cassandra and Christopher is usually about 60-75 percent. One study found that job applicants with a criminal background were 50 percent less likely to be called back or offered a position than applicants without a criminal history. But in states and counties where the box has been banned, these statistics are different. In Minneapolis, after the state of Minnesota passed the ban-the-box ordinance in 2007, the number of ex-prisoners who were able to gain employment moved from six percent up to 60 percent.