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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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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


If someone has served their sentence, they deserve to start a new. Having to report felonies is much more likely to decrease ability of released prisoners to get jobs. W no job, I would suspect (but don't know) if recidivism rates go up. Thus, what have u accomplished. Additionally, people should not continue to be punished when they have served their time.

5:17 PM | September 8, 2020


The point of incarcerations is reform. If someone is released from prison, they should no longer be affected by their sentence.

8:20 PM | August 24, 2020


I think this is necessary but only in extremely specific and limited circumstances. While I do not think that universities or companies should be able to ask if you generally have any prior convictions, I do think they should be allowed to ask about specific convictions diirectly related to the employment/position and that might impact the safety of others (example: a job involving consistent interaction with children asking about prior convictions of sex crimes related to children)

1:01 AM | August 3, 2020