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Via: Indianapolis Business Journal and IBJ.com
In the News / July 07, 2012
by Kathleen McLaughlin
Campaigning door-to-door last fall, City-County Councilor Vop Osili found many adults at home during the day, and it wasn’t because they worked the night shift.
They were among the 5,000 or so people who return to Marion County from Indiana prisons each year, and as a result, they weren’t working at all.
“In my district, we’ve got a lot of people impacted by their criminal past,” said Osili, who represents the 15th District, which includes neighborhoods north and west of downtown to 30th Street.
Gregg Keesling, president of the not-for-profit RecycleForce, which employs felons in recycling, thinks ban-the-box policies have limited impact, since employers still have access to criminal records.
“Fear of liability is the number one thing that keeps people from hiring,” he said.
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