U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Administration Announcement Giving Formerly Incarcerated a Fair Chance at Federal Employment
Baldwin joined bipartisan effort in May calling on President Obama to “Ban the Box”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded today’s announcement from the Obama Administration that aims to reduce potential discrimination against formerly incarcerated people in the hiring process for federal government employees. The announcement follows several states and cities that have been implementing “Ban the Box” polices to help people with records overcome the barrier to employment of having to “check the box” about a past felony conviction on a job application.
In May, Senator Baldwin joined Senators Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown in leading a bipartisan group of 25 of their Senate colleagues in urging President Obama to expand job opportunities and reduce recidivism by taking executive action and requiring federal agencies to “Ban the Box” on job applications.
“Those who have made mistakes and paid their debt to society deserve a chance to move forward and live a productive life,” said Senator Baldwin. “Yet, far too often, the more than 70 million Americans who have criminal histories face unreasonable employment barriers that stand in the way of contributing to our workforce. I applaud today’s announcement from the Administration that will help ensure that every American has a fair chance to secure a steady job, support their family and strengthen our communities.”
Senator Baldwin, a member of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), has also joined bipartisan efforts to implement similar policy through the Fair Chance Act, which cleared the committee last month. The Fair Chance Act would give formerly incarcerated people a fairer chance at securing employment by prohibiting federal agencies from asking about the criminal history of a job applicant until an applicant receives a conditional offer of employment.
Over 70 million Americans who have criminal histories are faced with the daunting task of securing employment. They face improbable odds in obtaining a job as a result of an arrest or criminal conviction. Studies show that a criminal record reduces the likelihood of a callback or job offer by nearly 50 percent for men in general. African-American men with criminal records have been 60 percent less likely to receive a callback or job offer than those without records. For individuals trying to turn the page on a difficult chapter in their lives, a criminal conviction poses a substantial barrier to employment.
Press Releases by Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces $1.5 Million to Expand Apprenticeship Opportunities Across WisconsinOct 21st, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
“Apprenticeship initiatives are one of the most effective vehicles for responding to the workforce readiness needs of business and industry,” said Senator Baldwin.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel to Get the Job Done on Wisconsin’s Longstanding Rape Kit BacklogOct 5th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
More than one year after Wisconsin Justice Department received federal investments, reports show state still has 6,000 kit backlog
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Investigations into Madison and Milwaukee Social Security OfficesSep 21st, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
For the past year, Baldwin has worked on behalf of whistleblowers and raised questions about wrongdoing, harassment and retaliation
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Pushes for Economic Growth in Wisconsin with Small Business Innovation ActSep 21st, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
National reform will support Wisconsin, which ranks last nationally in startup activity and entrepreneurship growth
We Must Do More to Provide Debt Relief & Support to Students, Veterans Suffering from Wide-Ranging Impacts of ITT Tech ClosureSep 17th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
Senators now call on ED to “use its existing legal authority” to increase total debt relief and support available to former ITT Tech students
Baldwin, McCain, Schakowsky Introduce Reform Requiring Transparency in Prescription Drug Price IncreasesSep 15th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
The bipartisan and bicameral FAIR Drug Pricing Act takes the first step to address skyrocketing prescription drug costs