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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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Prior convictions can give clarity into whether a person should not be placed in a position that gives them access to vulnerable groups or in positions that involve fiduciary responsibilities. The type, number of offenses, and time elapsed since the offense(s) are all relevant to making a determination of whether the person is right for the institution or employment opportunity. These should be considered along with all of the other usual variables used to determine admission eligibility or extend a job offer.

9:09 AM | July 19, 2022


Your incarceration status has nothing to do with your usefulness and qualifications to a hiring organization. No more than your medical history or your family planning.

7:19 PM | June 14, 2022

Randolph woodruff

Whether or not you committed a crime is a relevant to your job capabilities capabilities on top of which everyone in America who is of 21 years of age or older Has committed a crime whether that crime be smoking weed speeding drinking and driving J walking Illegal parking Et cetera cetera et cetera For example speeding kills more people every day than drunk driving does a 100 times over but yet nobody seeing real time for speeding like drunk drivers are and they're doing that without being Intoxicated And if violence is your concern from violent criminals Well that kind of stuff will show in their work history And it will say stuff like does not work well with others tends to get violent lots of outbursts It is not necessary to see someone's criminal record for these kind of emotional problems. Most of all these tricks are used to keep minorities and black communities out of the workplace because seeing how we are the ones that generally get arrested for the most minor of criminal offenses. Police don't constantly patrol white suburban communities and rich white communities the way they Patrol the hood What should I say minority communities of poor Giving our youth a record before they even got started in life Which means if an employer looked at that record that he got from when he was a kid because they now unlocked in children's records No good jobs for them so They're left with the criminal life for them because that's the only opportunities they have to make Decent Money Which leads to more criminal offenses.

6:18 PM | June 12, 2022

Miranda Tozier-Robbins

I'm a graduating senior and a convicted felon. I'm also running for City Councilor-At-Large.

11:11 AM | April 1, 2021

Kaylee B.

It is personal information

10:22 PM | March 23, 2021

Jana Lipman

It seems irrelevant to the job application proccess.

9:21 PM | March 16, 2021


All entities have a right to know the full background for those in their organization/team.

2:14 PM | January 5, 2021


previous convictions should not interfere with their professional or educational performance. if they do, it should be dealt with according to the institution's disciplinary policy

10:10 AM | December 11, 2020


If the purpose of serving a prison sentence is corrections/rehabilitation, and the person served their time, it is inhumane to bring up past convictions of crimes that they have already committed and served their time for when they are looking for a job or schooling to further their future. If there is no escape of prior actions then what is the point of prisons in the first place? As of right now with the prison system, you serve your time, and then you should be free to rebuild your life without the shackles of a prior conviction that you already answered to.

10:10 AM | October 29, 2020


I think it should depend on the severity of the crime. You should have the right to know if you are about to hire a person with a history of violent crime.

11:23 PM | October 5, 2020