Event time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Summary: Ban the box (BtB) on college applications briefing at the Senate in DC to inform US House and Senate staffers and lawmakers on BtB state-level policies and trends with the hope of informing national level awareness, policies, and movement.
Obtaining higher education reduces recidivism by 43% and costs five-times less than reincarceration. However, application rejection rates for individuals with convictions can be as high as 13% more than for those without. And potential applicants with convictions failed to complete their applications at a rate that was 41.5% higher than for those without felony convictions.
Maryland and Louisiana were the first states to “ban the box” on college applications. The panelists were the leaders from those efforts. In addition, Senator Schatz was instrumental in getting the Common App to remove the criminal convictions question. He introduced the Beyond the Box for Higher Education (S. 3435) to provide guidance, training, and technical assistance to colleges and universities as they make these policy changes.
Panelist, organization, title, role on the panel:
1. Stanley Andrisse, From Prison Cells to PhD, Executive Director, directly impacted by the question
2. Syrita Steib-Martin, Operation Restoration, Executive Director, directly impacted by the question
3. Annie Freitas, Operation Restoration, Co-founder, policy research on this topic and practitioner
4. Wesley Bishop, State Senator (LA), administrator at Southern University of New Orleans and supporter/author on the LA bill.
5. Del. Maggie McIntosh, State Delegate, Champion of MD BtB on college apps bill in 2017
6. Del. Erek Barron, State Delegate, Champion of MD BtB on college apps bill in 2017
Moderator: Caryn York, Executive Director of Job Opportunities Task Force, writer of the MD BtB on college apps 2017 bill
Relation to National Policy: The Office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) has plans on introducing the following: The Beyond the Box for Higher Education Act (attached).A bill to provide colleges and universities with guidance and recommendations on the removal of criminal and juvenile justice questions from their initial application for admissions process.