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Ban the box for college applications heads to governor's desk


Public colleges and universities can’t ask most applicants about their criminal past under legislation the Louisiana House gave final approval on Tuesday.

Though not part of the governor’s package to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system, House Bill 688 could have a sweeping impact on higher education in Louisiana.

Typically, college applicants are required to check a box indicating if they have a prior conviction. Often that revelation is used to reject the application.

The “ban the box” bill extends to higher education institutions the same prohibitions against asking applicants about past crimes that Louisiana legislators last year granted to those seeking employment with the state. FULL ARTICLE