Obama bans the box

Obama bans the box
Obama bans the box

Obama bans the box

Think about the last time you filled out a job application. Did you notice a little checkbox asking whether you’ve ever been convicted of a felony? If you don’t have a record, you probably didn’t. But for anyone with a record, that little checkbox is problematic to say the least. In many cases, it means the application gets tossed out before the candidate has a chance at an interview. Monday afternoon, President Obama issued an executive order banning that box on applications for federal jobs. Of course the order only applies to those looking for work in the federal government, so it’s still a big obstacle for thousands of former inmates. Rev. Rod Williams, Senior Pastor at Fellowship Community Church of Chicago, runs a program to help former inmates find jobs and transition back into society. And Charles Perry has been through that program. He’s been out of prison for about a decade and works for the Community Service Advisory Committee. Williams and Perry talk about the president’s initiative and how former prisoners get back into the workforce here in Chicago. (Flickr/Flazingo Photos)