Nixon “Bans the Box” for state employment applications

April 12, 2016

The Missouri Times

By: Tim Curtis

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed attended the event at the the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, where Nixon signed the bill. She has been an outspoken advocate for banning the box in Missouri, campaigning on the issue and pushing the governor to issue the executive order.

“It was a great day for many of our citizens throughout the state of Missouri,” Nasheed said. “Now they have a chance for a second opportunity.”

Nasheed said many job applicants with a criminal record will see their application thrown into the trash immediately because of their past. Often, she said, they will be forced to turn back to a life of crime. She thanked the governor for his action, opening up the state’s larger employer for thousands of people.

“This is the first step of many,” she said. Her next step will involve filing legislation to call on private businesses to do the same thing, hoping it sparks a conversation so they get rid of the question on their own.



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