LA Gov. Edwards Signs ‘Ban The Box’ Policy Into State Law: Mayor Landrieu Issues Statement

Mayor Mitch Landrieu

 NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the following statement on Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signing into law House Bill 266, legislation that will “ban the box” that requires job applicants to disclose prior convictions on initial job forms with the State of Louisiana.

         Statement from Mayor Landrieu:


         “Past mistakes should not be a permanent barrier for people who want to earn an honest living. I applaud Governor Edwards and the Louisiana State Legislature for making “ban the box” State law. It is crucial that our citizens have opportunities to be connected to jobs because a key to reducing recidivism is providing stable employment and economic opportunity. The City of New Orleans approved a similar measure in 2013, resulting in more than 80 individuals being hired by the City because they were considered based on the merits of their skills and experience and not immediately disqualified because of a prior conviction. Banning the box for City employees was an important step in assisting formerly incarcerated people to become productive members of our communities. It is significant that State of Louisiana feels the same and I highly encourage private employers to join us in giving our citizens a fair chance to earn an honest living.”



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