Philanthropy Now podcast: Why organizations are "banning the box," removing criminal history questions from job applications

With our new Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

For our sixth episode, SVCF's Gina Dalma, special advisor to the CEO on public policy, joins SVCF’s vice president of talent, recruitment and culture, Daiva Natochy, to discuss the impact of removing upfront questions about criminal history from job applications. SVCF and other organizations have implemented a "ban the box" policy in the hiring process. Banning the checkbox inquiring about applicants' criminal history is intended to make hiring more inclusive for folks who have had interactions with the criminal justice system.


SVCF's Gina Dalma, special advisor to the CEO on public policy, and Daiva Natochy, SVCF’s VP of talent, recruitment and culture.
 

Gina and Daiva talk about how unequal application of the criminal justice system often puts young people of color and those in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods at a disadvantage, because they are more likely to have interactions with law enforcement. Gina and Daiva highlight some of the research that demonstrates the effectiveness of banning the box, and talk about why it's so important to welcome those with criminal history into our organizations and businesses. 

What you will learn:

  • Statistics concerning the unequal application of the criminal justice system
  • Why checkboxes about criminal history on job applications represent a barrier to opportunity
  • The emphasis of "ban the box" on getting to know an applicant before inquiring about their criminal history
  • Some of the research supporting the effectiveness of banning the box, and the challenges that those implementing the process may face

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