Making Contact

Making Contact – Ban the Box! The Campaign for Post-Prison Employment

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It’s not even the crime that counts sometimes. Or the time in prison. It’s that little box on an application that asks you to reveal if you have a criminal history.  Checking that box can mean the difference between failure and success.  On this edition, the nationwide movement to ‘ban-the-box’, and make criminal histories less of a stigma.


Thanks to The Omnia Foundation for partial funding for this program.



Marilyn Austin-Smith, formerly incarcerated, and member of All of Us or None; Michelle Natividad Rodriguez, National Employment Law Project Attorney; Mike Casey, Unite Here! Local 2 President; Mike Hannigan, Give Something Back company director; Donald Washington, Juan Filomeno, Shirley Hollis, formerly incarcerated; Lois Ahrens, Real Cost of Prisons Project prisoner advocate; Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts; Aaron Tanaka, Boston Workers Alliance Executive Director; Michael Corwin. Private investigator; Julie Roberts, Northeastern University School of Law board of directors’ member


For More Information:


National Employment Law Project

All of Us or None

EPOCA: Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement


Real Cost of Prisons Project


Boston Workers Alliance

SF Human Rights Commission

Unite Here! Local 2

Give Something Back Office Supplies

Drug Policy Alliance


Neighbor to Neighbor-Massachusetts


Mass Legal Services


Legal Services for Prisoners With Children


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick


Omnia Foundation


Articles, Reports:


‘Do Workers with Criminal Backgrounds Deserve a Second Chance?’- In These Times


 “Too Little, Too Late,” by James Alan Fox


ACLU CORI Reform chart


A Brief History of the Drug War – Drug Policy Alliance


Race, Prison and Poverty by Paul Street

Ex-offenders and the Labor Market by John Schmitt and Kris Warner