3 Reasons To Ban The Box On College Applications
BY LYNETTE HOLLOWAY | NEWSONE
Saying juvenile offenders deserve a second chance, the White House on Monday urged America’s colleges and universities to remove barriers that can prevent an estimated 70 million citizens with criminal records from pursuing higher education opportunities.
Banning the box on college applications, “ensures that every young person has a shot,” Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President, said during a conference call hosted by the U.S. Department of Education at UCLA, part of the University of California system, which does not inquire about criminal justice involvement on its admissions applications.
“Reforming the criminal justice system has been one of President Obama‘s top priorities,” Jarrett said. “He believes that if we reform our criminal justice system, our communities will be safer and our economy will be stronger.”
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