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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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Najai Lewis

Not in all cases depending on nature of job u are applying for. In today's hiring practices it is abused and widely over construed mostly in order to meet quotas. In the short term the overall effects are disingenuous. In the long term it is self defeating. Because rehabilitation and reintegration into society is not being acheived. Which is supposedly the main goal of prisons since the majority of people in prison will once again be members of our society. If someone is applying for a job that has certain pre requisites or puts you in a position of trust or requires transparency ect,However the majority of jobs that someone in that demographic would apply for do not.

9:09 AM | April 15, 2016


They already served their time. If we want to punish them their whole life, why let them out?

6:18 PM | April 14, 2016


They may or may not be a treat to the safety of co-workers and/or clients

6:18 PM | April 14, 2016


It's a discriminatory practice

6:18 PM | April 14, 2016

John Keenan

This is a good question. It's a question about the conflict of two rights; the rights of the employer to know who they are employing and the rights of citizens who have paid their dues to society by going to prison and paying for their crimes to not be penalized further at the crucial moment of reinsertion into society. The answer can only be expressed in the law, and in that respect the law has to be balanced between the needs of those two conflicting rights. At the end of the day it would clearly be self-defeating for society to have a law that doesn't protect the rights of the citizen who has paid his debt to society to have a return to active life. Furthermore, this "right of return" is essential to the coherence of society. Its absence would mean that those who committed a minor crime would have to be punished forever and society would have to pay forever for that punishment.

11:23 PM | April 7, 2016

Mahko ikematsu

It's none of their business.

6:18 PM | April 6, 2016

Matthew Young

I'm all for the 'ban the box' campaign where it is not OK to ask about prior convictions. People should be given a chance to have a fresh start and not have the mistakes of their youth dragging them down forever.

12:12 PM | April 6, 2016


People with certain criminal convictions probably shouldn't work certain positions. For example, it would be a big risk to hire someone charged with money laundering as your accountant. However, if the charge has no bearing on position in question, prior convictions should not be used to discriminate against job applicants.

2:14 PM | April 5, 2016