Ban the box
"It felt like all eyes were on me."
When I stood in front of a judge and accepted a plea deal, I did not understand that I was, in effect, branding myself with a lifetime sentence.
Since 2006, people applying to schools across America have been asked about their criminal history. But there's no actual evidence showing that makes any sense.
Being honest about your criminal record can get you disqualified from the job before you even do the interview. I know, because it happened to me.
Past mistakes shouldn't make it impossible to pursue an education.
Forcing the formerly incarcerated to answer that question when applying for jobs — or for apartments, student loans, and many other things — amounts to structural discrimination.