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Ending Crime Checkbox for College Praised by Inmate Advocates

August 10, 2018, Elena Schwartz - The Crime Report

This fall, for the first time since 2006, students using the Common Application to apply to college will not need to check a box asking if they have criminal histories.

Accepted by over 700 colleges and universities worldwide, the Common App is the country’s most broadly used college application. The change comes following a 10-year campaign to “Ban the Box” by a broad coalition of advocates who claim that the question creates “an undue barrier that harms certain groups of students.”

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