The record-setting $1 million-plus judgment last week against a Queens, NY developer who refused to rent to individuals with criminal records was a wake-up call to landlords across the nation who practice such “blanket bans,” writes the CEO of the Fortune Society.
More than 150 cities and 35 states have created policies restricting when an employer can ask an applicant about his or her criminal history. But many jurisdictions lack clear enforcement mechanisms and report low numbers of complaints, a sign that the laws often miss their mark.
Finding a job — especially one that pays well —is key to keeping those with a criminal history from being rearrested. Removing criminal history questions on college applications will lead to better outcomes not only for people with records, but for society as a whole, argues an R Street researcher.