Just weeks ago, Georgia became the first state in the South to Ban the Box statewide! This is major progress for the state, as it joins only 13 others that have passed statewide legislation banning the box from initial employment applications. Governor Nathan Deal was encouraged to implement the policy through an executive order on February 23, 2015, because current statistics show that one in three Georgia citizens have a criminal record. The Georgia Justice Project has been working on this for over two years, and you can read more about their efforts here. Congrats to the Peach State, here’s to hoping Carolina has this on its mind!
For an updated information on Ban the Box in 2015, click here to access NELP’s new resource guide.