Obama Wants Ex-Cons To Get Jobs

President Obama was in Newark Monday announcing a series of measures designed to reduce obstacles facing former prisoners looking to reintegrate into society as they sought employment.

Federal employers will no longer be able to ask questions about an applicant’s criminal history until later in the application process. The initiative, which many states and cities already employ, is known as “ban the box,” referring to the checkbox on an employment application asking whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime.

Also on Tuesday, the president signed the bipartisan budget bill, which will fund the government through fiscal 2017.

ABC’s Bazi Kanani joined us from Capitol Hill.


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