The Ban the Box Campaign is an effort to ensure the inclusion of people who had earlier, youthful offenses in society. Below is the “Fair Chance Pledge” that supporters take:
This is unabashedly liberal and salutary. What someone does as a youngster should not live with them forever.
For example I am now a successful lawyer. But I have had some shortcomings. Among others:
When I was in 4th grade I stole a $0.12 ice cream bar (in 1967) and got in some trouble;
[li]In the Spring of 1972 I tried to pet a dog who bit me. “Charlie” reported I bit the dog and my parents were asked to remove me from the school. I refused to go and the next year was better;[/li][li] In the summer of 1972 I had enough of someone picking on me and I threw a scissors at his feet, getting tossed out of camp for that;[/li][li] In college I got the school to allow me to drop a course without penalty at a point that it would have turned into an “F”;[/li][li] In the last semester of college I dropped a course, relying on AP credits to pass;[/li][li] In Law School I got Ritalin, complaining of ADHD when I wanted it for a stimulant; and[/li][li] Had minor scrape with the law about 25 years ago.[/li][/ol]
More important should any of those things disqualify me from any job?
Most liberals would support “ban the box” and second chances. Lately that has become “situational.”