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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ban The Box

You've heard the expression, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime." The problem is that the time you have to do as punishment for the crime doesn't always end when you're released from jail. Every time an ex-con applies for a job, or a loan, or housing, or insurance, they encounter a little check box next to the question, "Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?" Almost a third of Americans would have to say yes if they answered honestly, thus disqualifying them in the eyes of many and keeping them unemployed, homeless, and uninsured.

A group called All Of Us Or None is trying to change that by getting state governments to Ban The Box, so I invited spokeswoman Linda Evans to discuss it on my America Weekend show. Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!