Making Contact

Making Contact – Ban the Box! The Campaign for Post-Prison Employment (ENCORE EDITION)

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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


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

ACLU CORI Reform chart

A Brief History of the Drug War – Drug Policy Alliance

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Race, Prison and Poverty by Paul Street

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