Eugene Puryear, candidate for At-Large Member of City Council in Washington, D.C., has proposed several steps to strengthen "Ban the Box laws and ensure full rights for D.C. residents who have completed their sentences for past convictions.
The Council's recent Ban the Box bill was an important step forward for returning citizens, but we can go further," said Mr. Puryear, a resident of Ward 8 and co-founder of the Jobs Not Jails Coalition.
"A criminal sentence shouldn't impose a lifetime of arbitrary discrimination in employment or housing. Someone has either done their time or they haven’t. Catering to the biases, whims, and judgments of individuals regarding who deserves a job based on a closed chapter from one's past is highly discriminatory and creates barriers that prevent returning citizens from rebuilding their lives," he added.
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