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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Heather M Kegler
I think it is prudent for an employer to know whether a potential employee has open criminal cases, BUT once their case is closed (no active warrants, probation, parole, etc...:ie, they've repaid their debt to society or successfully completed their sentence) it is irrelevant and shouldn't be a factor, regardless what the crime was.
5:17 PM | August 30, 2018
It's an important part of people's past that institutions have a right to know about before engaging with an individual
1:13 PM | February 8, 2018
Because it is none of their business
4:16 PM | February 5, 2018
Carolyn W Herz
It prevents ex-prisoners from re-entering society.
2:14 PM | May 14, 2017
I think companies have the right to verify that an employee, not candidate, is suitable for the position. And, that includes background verification appropriate for position. Universities have a responsibility to protect all students, faculty, and staff from predators and violent persons. I do not think that inquiring at the application level can be fairly done.
6:18 PM | March 25, 2017
It is important to know if someone has be in prison. It shouldn't be held against them but it also shouldn't be hidden.
2:14 PM | February 14, 2017
This answer is very complicated and could be an essay, but essentially the existence of the modern prison system is rooted in the subjugation and exploitation of Black bodies, Native bodies, and immigrant bodies, and therefore overwhelmingly disproportionately incarcerates people of color, most often for acts of survival within a broken and horrible system that white supremacy put them in. By having the right to ask about someone's prior convictions continues the legacy of the US depriving equal education and employment from people who aren't white, which is essentially the goal of the prison system and allows for subsequent attack on people of color by saying "they're uneducated" (but making it a racial-biological statement) and "lazy/welfare-queen" (myth created by the Reagan administration to increase public sentiment that Black people were exploiting their tax-dollars and thereby have far more public support when passing legislation that would negatively impact Black communities).
4:16 PM | December 2, 2016
We are not solely defined by our past selves. If they have served their punishment, they should be re-integrated back into society.
3:15 PM | November 28, 2016
It will influence the decision to halt someone's education or deny the opportunity to provide for their families or live a productive life.
10:10 AM | November 3, 2016
This is a huge barrier to re-entry. If we believe in rehabilitation, we need to give people the chance to start again, truly.
12:12 PM | October 12, 2016