'Ban-The-Box' Laws Aimed At Helping Ex-Cons Get Jobs04:34
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Because he did time for obtaining prescription painkillers illegally, Michael Urbank says he can't even get a job interview. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
Because he did time for obtaining prescription painkillers illegally, Michael Urbank says he can't even get a job interview. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
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There are 65 million Americans with a criminal record. With most employers now running background checks, those ex-convicts often struggle to land a job.

In hopes of changing that, more than 50 cities have passed “ban-the-box” laws — so-called because many job applications contain a box to check if one has a criminal record.

In 2011, Philadelphia joined them. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Holly Otterbein of WHYY looks at how the law is working.

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This segment aired on January 13, 2014.

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