Scholar: Legislation helpful but has unintended consequences

How ban-the-box rules help ex-offenders, hurt women, young people

When it comes to ban-the-box legislation, there are winners and losers. Winners are people with criminal records who now have a better chance of getting work because employers can’t ask prospective employees to check the job application box that asks about arrests and convictions. Philadelphia’s law was passed in 2011 and was strengthened in March 2016.

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Local journalists get to know the Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative

Philadelphia skylineJournalists from leading Philadelphia newsrooms gathered recently at the nation’s oldest press club to learn about an innovative new reporting project addressing one of the nation’s most intractable challenges: prisoner reentry.

The Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative launched late last year, bringing together a broad spectrum of news organizations to examine evidence-based responses to challenges facing local citizens returning from incarceration. <-Read the full post.