Tammy Baldwin
Press Release

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”

By - Nov 2nd, 2015 01:54 pm

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

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Awarded Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service from Secretary Eric Fanning

Secretary of the Army awards decoration to those who provide distinguished service and make substantial contributions to the accomplishment of the Army's missions

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Young Wisconsinites to Discuss Republican Plan to Take Away Affordable Health Care for Young Students and Workers

“I’m proud to champion a reform that allows young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26”

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces She Will Oppose Senator Jeff Sessions’ Nomination for U.S. Attorney General

"After meeting with Senator Sessions, I cannot support his confirmation to be our next Attorney General"

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement After Commerce Committee Hearing on Nomination of Elaine Chao for Secretary of the Department of Transportation

"I am very pleased that Ms. Chao stated her commitment and the Trump Administration’s commitment to strong ‘Buy America’ standards. "

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Amendment to Oppose Legislation that Would Make Young Americans Sick Again

Amendment to budget resolution would protect the Affordable Care Act reform that allows young people to stay on their parents’ health plan until age 26

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Disclosure of Trump Cabinet Nominees’ Golden Parachute Bonus Payouts

“The American people cannot afford to have industry insiders writing their own rules to make a rigged system worse.”

See More Releases

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.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