Louisiana HB 122 was written by Operation Restoration with community partners and aims to end the discrimination faced by people with a criminal history when applying to institutions of higher education. It will ban questions about criminal history on an initial application to access higher education. It is being sponsored by Representatives Pierre and Edwards and just passed the House Education Committee with a 13-1 vote.
- 70 million Americans have a criminal history (1 in 3 adults).
- 2 out of 3 people that start a college application and select yes to the question regarding criminal history do not finish the application.
- Runyan et. al. (2013) found that neither criminal background checks nor pre-admission screening questions accurately predict whether students are likely to commit a crime on college campuses.
- There has been no established link between having a criminal record and posing a risk to campus safety (Study: Olszewska 2007).
- Educational programming reduces recidivism by 40% and provides opportunities for employment and positive support that decreases the likelihood of future crimes (Davis et. al. 2013).
- Completion of education-i.e. obtaining a bachelor’s degree, has been correlated with a less than 10% recidivism rate.
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