Making Contact

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

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* *

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