Missouri Senators weigh in on order to ‘Ban the box’
By: Alisa Nelson
Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) is pleased Governor Jay Nixon has ordered state agencies, boards and commissions to stop asking criminal history questions on job applications. Nasheed says she requested last year that Nixon issue an executive order for state entities.
She plans to lobby private businesses to do what is known as “Ban the box”, by removing such questions from their employment applications.
“They (businesses) must understand this is an economic engine for the state of Missouri,” said Nasheed. “When you have individuals able to go out after paying their debt to society, go out and get jobs, then they’re going to turn around and spend that money. They’re going to put that money back into the economy.”
According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, the unemployment rate for Missourians on parole in 2015 was 44%.
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