Mon, 07/14/2014 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Removing Barriers: A Fair Chance For All
Peter Pincetl interviews Patty Katz with Oregon Action about the new Ban the Box campaign. Employment and housing are the most important influences for decreasing recidivism and it's time to provide a fair chance for all who work and ban "the box" -- the section of employment applications where applicants must disclose arrest or conviction. By removing this barrier to employment, we can give a fair chance to thousands of Oregonians who just want to support their families. Finding and securing adequate housing is one of the most difficult challenges faced by formerly incarcerated people, and homelessness is very prevalent. Passing Fair Chance Policies is critical to creating a more equitable community.