Federal Bill for a Fair Chance

In September, lawmakers revealed the Fair Chance Act, which they hope will provide an avenue to employment for former criminals.

Senators Cory Booker (D - New Jersey) and Ron Johnson (R - Wisconsin) introduced the bill in the Senate and Representatives Elijah Cummings (D - Maryland) and Darrell Issa (R - California) introduced the bill to the House. 

Sen. Booker said, "Empowering people with records to become productive members of society instead of repeat offenders is not only fiscally sound, it's the morally responsible thing to do. There are millions of Americans with records who are quickly passed over by employers without considering their skills or qualifications because of their history."

As part of a national trend to "Ban the Box", advocates have been pushing for executive action to ban the box on federal job applications. Eighteen states and over 100 municipalities and counties across the nation have already removed the question regarding criminal history in both the public and private sectors. 

"This bill will help reduce recidivism, break the cycles of crime we see all too often and make our communities safer in the process," said Representative Cummings.