Members of the New Southern Strategy Coalition came together through a webinar presentation on June 3, 2014 and were given an opportunity to share their successful strategies and challenges to “ban-the-box” efforts in the South.
You may find the PowerPoint presentation from the “Ban-the-Box” webinar attached here.
“Ban-the-Box” delays arrest and/or conviction inquiries in the hiring process to offer job applicants with records a fair chance to work. As bipartisan efforts and support from across the political spectrum increase, fair hiring campaigns have taken off in the South. There’s a new willingness among conservatives to consider criminal justice reform and to decrease spending on mass incarceration.
Moderator: Michelle Natividad Rodriguez, National Employment Law Project
Daryl Atkinson, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, North Carolina Will provide a regional perspective and describe data collection on the effectiveness of Ban the Box.
DeAndre Brown, Lifeline to Success, Tennessee Will describe grassroots strategy in Memphis that has led to a successful campaign
Marissa McCall Dodson, Georgia Justice Project Will describe policy strategy in Georgia that lead to a commitment from Governor Deal to ban the box.
Nsombi Lambright, One Voice, Mississippi Will provide advocates with information on what to look out for and the need for defensive work. Nsombi will give the backdrop of the Mississippi anti-ban the box bill.