Ban The Box is a campaign started by a grass roots civil rights organization called "All Of Us Or None". The purpose of this organization is to fight for the rights of both former and currently incarcerated people. The purpose of the Ban The Box campaign is to eliminate any questions regarding criminal history on both employment, and rental applications, background checks would not be done until after and only after a qualified applicant is selected. This would give someone who was formerly in custody a better chance at having a second chance.
The so called correctional system is in fact not designed to correct the behavior of anyone who has been incarcerated. Initially the intention may have been to rehabilitate offenders. But at this point it has become a system in which human beings are warehoused, and then released into a world where they are rarely given a chance to redeem themselves. They are forced to wear their mistake like a scarlet letter each and every time their background is investigated. This contributes to a high recidivism rate. Of course their are those who put no effort into being productive adults. But their are others who genuinely want a chance to prove that they have not been defined by their mistakes.
The prison industrial complex is a billion dollar industry in which inmates are it's hottest commodity. With the privatization of prisons on the rise, and states being told that they must guarantee that it's correctional facilities are kept at 90% capacity, it comes as no surprise that this campaign is facing some opposition. Banning the box could actually increase employment, there by lowering the rate of recidivism, and decreasing the ranks of American's who are in custody. A lower crime rate is bad for business when it is depended upon it for profit.