Say Yes to Louisiana House Bill 122
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Louisiana House Bill 122 aims to end the discrimination that formerly incarcerated people face when trying to access higher education. HB 122 prohibits questions regarding criminal history on an initial application for admission to a public postsecondary education institution.
- 70 million Americans have a criminal history (1 in 3 adults).
- 2 out of 3 people that start a college application and select yes to the question regarding criminal history do not finish the application.
- Runyan et. al. (2013) found that neither criminal background checks nor pre-admission screening questions accurately predict whether students are likely to commit a crime on college campuses.
- There has been no established link between having a criminal record and posing a risk to campus safety (Study: Olszewska 2007).
- Educational programming reduces recidivism by 40% and provides opportunities for employment and positive support that decreases the likelihood of future crimes (Davis et. al. 2013).
- Completion of education-i.e. obtaining a bachelor's degree, has been correlated with a less than 10% recidivism rate.
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