Ban the Box

“Ban the Box” in Higher Education: A Second Chance for Everyone

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Currently, people with criminal records are being deterred from pursuing higher education and becoming more productive members of society. Most college applications ask about an applicant's criminal record, but asking this question has a chilling effect — discouraging individuals with criminal records from completing the application.

HB 3142 will “ban the box” in the higher education admissions process. This bill prohibits colleges, universities, and trade schools from asking or considering an individual’s criminal record for purposes of admissions.  HB 3142 passed the Illinois House on April 4, 2017 and is currently pending in the Illinois Senate.

  • Click here to urge your state senator to support HB 3142 to expand access to higher education for people with criminal records.