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Should your university or company have the right to ask about someone's prior convictions in their admission or job application?

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Yes
39%
No
61%
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Kathleen hulser

Universities are about education. Should stick to mission to inform not collaborate with incarceration juggernaut.

1:13 PM | April 16, 2016

Anonymous

Maybe not at the outset, but the institutions should know so they can manage anything that may come up.

1:13 PM | April 16, 2016

Karen

They have the right to know about violent crimes, but not lesser crimes.

11:11 AM | April 16, 2016

Alexandra Garcia

I think it's judgmental and it further punishes people who have already paid for their crimes. Past mistakes shouldn't define a person's life forever.

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Anonymous

Having that information on an application will immediately influence employers' decisions about hiring or even further steps in the application process like interviewing

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Emma

With our current system, past mistakes can decide a person's entire future without even looking at other factors. The carceral system goes beyond the physical prison space to continue punishing people even after they've served their sentence.

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Ethan Clay

This is an absurdly difficult question to ask, as are most questions when it comes to liberty. The question I think we really need to grapple with is: Is it a larger infringement on an individual's liberty if they cannot ask a question to know an employee's background or if someone can never get a job to live and support themselves and their families? I definitively say the latter is a larger infringement of liberty and we need to do everything we can to overcome that inconsistency in American values.

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Raquel

I think in the initial application it should not be asked. It is a way to quickly dismiss someone. I think that in an interview process the question can be asked, but at that point the employer then has some face to face contact and thus can judge them more so on their interaction than on a checked box in an application. If people don't get a second chance than what motivation should they have for bettering themselves?

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Katelyn naum

B/c employers need to know that's person has a past and that they want to work and make lives better.

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Anonymous

Only in job applications when directly related to the job. For instance child abuse and teachers. Otherwise very rarely.

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

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