"Have you ever been convicted of a crime?"

Some form of that question, until recently, was almost universally part of any job application.

But a new movement, known as "ban the box," is working to make this question a thing of the past, at least on job applications. The idea behind the movement is to hold off on asking about a criminal record until after the first interview or a conditional job offer has been made. Supporters say many applicants will never get a chance at employment if they have to check off a box that effectively results in an automatic disqualification.

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