Tag: Ban the box

Ryan NicolSeptember 7, 2018

A new 60-second ad, going statewide, is aimed at garnering support for the restoration of voting rights for convicted felons who have served their prison sentence. The ad campaign was launched by the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) in partnership with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC). The ad, titled “Time Done,” shows the fictionalized story […]

A.G. GancarskiJanuary 26, 2017

There is a movement afoot in the United States to allow reformed criminals to have a second chance, and a couple of bills in the Florida House could be part of that. Earlier this month, Rep. Shervin Jones filed House Bill 31, which would remove the requirement on job applications for an applicant to disclose whether […]

A.G. GancarskiNovember 15, 2016

Criminal history has often disqualified reformed felons from large swaths of the job market. However, Jacksonville business leaders are looking to rectify that injustice. “Project Open Door,” announced Tuesday at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, asserts companies will not ask about a job applicant’s arrest record until the interview process. This, akin to the “Ban […]

Phil AmmannMay 5, 2016

People remember President George W. Bush for his often-fractured way with words. Wordsmiths immortalized the presidential malapropism machine with his own category of flubs — “Bushisms.” True, his tongue often may have been in overdrive as his brain shifted gears. On one occasion, however, Bush nailed it: “America is the land of the second chance […]

Jim RosicaDecember 4, 2015

Days after the state Supreme Court ordered a redrawing of Florida’s congressional districts, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum now is exploring a primary challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, whose seat was redirected toward the Panhandle and Big Bend. A longtime Democratic Party official, though, says Gillum has a tough slog if he thinks he […]

Melissa RossNovember 6, 2015

A bipartisan summit on criminal justice reform is expected to draw local and national thought leaders to Jacksonville this month. Operation Reform, sponsored by #Cut50, the Ford Foundation and Operation New Hope, will focus on re-entry solutions for people leaving incarceration, and reducing recidivism through employment. This was a major focus of the Jacksonville Journey, […]


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