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Ban the Box for Colleges, Too

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.

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Ending Crime Checkbox for College Praised by Inmate Advocates

For the first time since 2006, students using the Common Application to apply to college will not need to check a box asking if they have criminal histories. The decision was welcomed as a positive step by advocates of the Ban the Box movement to eliminate barriers to prisoner re-entry.

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A Returning Prisoner’s Story: ‘Hate Consumed Me’

Steven Cave emerged from 23 years in prison following a life of abuse, homelessness and gang violence to start a path towards normalcy.  He credits the intervention of a couple who began visiting him behind bars—as part of a trauma-counseling program that might work for other inmates as well.