Ban the Box, Convictions, and Public Sector Employment

44 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2017 Last revised: 22 Sep 2017

Date Written: January 27, 2017


In 2004, the grassroots civil rights organization All of Us or None, advocated for the implementation of Ban the Box (BTB) policies to improve the employment outcomes of the correctional population, especially within the public sector. However, scholars argue that young low-skilled minority males may be subject to employer use of statistical (racial) discrimination. The study employs quasi-experimental methods to identify the impact of BTB policies on public employment. In general, the study finds that BTB policies increase the odds of public employment for those with convictions by close to 40%; however, the study uncovers no evidence of statistical (racial) discrimination against young low-skilled minority males.

Keywords: Ban the Box, Convictions, Statistical Discrimination, Public Sector Employment

Suggested Citation

Craigie, Terry-Ann, Ban the Box, Convictions, and Public Sector Employment (January 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Terry-Ann Craigie (Contact Author)

Connecticut College ( email )

270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
United States

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