State Sen. Lena Taylor
Press Release

Obama right on ban the box

Yesterday at a visit to a halfway house, President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation currently pending in Congress to ban the box on job applications

By - Nov 3rd, 2015 09:34 am

Yesterday at a visit to a halfway house, President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation currently pending in Congress to ban the box on job applications. The box asks about an applicant’s conviction record before a person has been interviewed. The ban the box provision would remove that question from the job application, instead allowing employers to conduct background checks later in the job hiring process. Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), who will be introducing a Wisconsin version of the legislation later this session, released the following statement about Obama’s call to ban the box:

“First and foremost, I want to commend President Obama and the growing bipartisan list of supporters of banning the box. In Wisconsin, we spend more money on the Department of Corrections than we do on the UW System. It is time we reverse that trend. America is a country of second chances. The time of talking the talk is long past. Now it is time to walk the walk. In America, if you’ve done the crime and done your time, you deserve a chance at redemption. It costs $30,000 per year to incarcerate an adult male and nothing to ban the box. Ensuring people have a chance at a job is one of just many policies we should implement to reduce recidivism.”

Press Releases by State Sen. Lena Taylor

State Sen. Lena Taylor

Sen. Taylor to host criminal justice events for Black History Month

The events seek to highlight the continued disparities in the criminal justice system as well as obstacles to successful re-entry.

State Sen. Lena Taylor

Governor Walker sends irresponsible budget to legislature

"This budget is based on fake math."

State Sen. Lena Taylor

Senator Taylor repeats call for special session on Lincoln Hills

Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake have been under federal investigation for child abuse and neglect for two years.

State Sen. Lena Taylor

Sen. Taylor’s statement on Governor Walker’s welfare reform

"While I appreciate what he says about his reforms, the plan lacks details, but I’ll reserve judgement until I see the full proposal."

State Sen. Lena Taylor

Sen. Taylor blasts MOU targeting Sherman Park funding

“It is fiscally irresponsible to squander state taxpayer dollars.”

State Sen. Lena Taylor

Sen. Taylor statement on State of the State Address

"Wisconsin doesn’t need a cheerleader, we need a trailblazer to solve our state’s problems."

See More Releases

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *