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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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Anonymous

I think the degree to which they are able to ask, and about which level of conviction, should vary by job type (ie, ok to ask about crimes against minors in job involving working with kids, but not ok to ask about minor drug charges for general employment)

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Anonymous

I think asking/knowing is okay, especially because gaps in work experience etc are usually a point of interest. I do think that in a perfect world knowing wouldn't mean job discrimination or workplace alienation.

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Anonymous

Cause

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Anonymous

Only applicable ones like murder or armed robbery but even then there should be a fair opportunity to explain the situation.

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Meg Osborn

"The box" effectively extends punishment indefinitely, long after a person has completed a prison sentence. Makes it exponentially more difficult to gain employment, housing, financial stability.

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Katherine

If we truely believe that people who are released deserve a second chance and have served their, then why do we need to know about some of their worst moments in life? We don't ask people who have not been convicted to share their worst moments in their life.

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Justin Clark

Making them report this on applications becomes such a barrier to entry for those seeking a better life once they have reentrted society. They've served their sentence; let them be judged on who they are now rather than what they were.

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Katie Keck

Most of the time that person's criminal record has nothing to do with the job that they are seeking. If prisons are supposed to punish and reform, why, when a person leaves prison, do we continue to punish them and not allow them the opportunity to reform their lives?

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Amy Hildebrand

How can anyone possibly have an opportunity to rebuild themselves and their lives post conviction? You must be allowed to make a mistake, we are all only human.

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

Anonymous

Just to know their history and see how they've reformed

10:10 AM | April 16, 2016

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