Public Safety & Justice

Christie Signs Bills to Reform Bail System and Help Ex-Convicts Get Jobs

August 12, 2014
 

Gov. Chris Christie signed into law today a bill that will require companies to wait until they have interviewed job applicants before asking if he or she has ever been convicted of a crime.

The measure, part of a two-year legislative journey for its advocates, was signed into law at the same time Christie approved a proposal that established an alternative pre-trial release system so that poor defendants aren’t stuck in jail because they can’t afford bail.

The bill (S2124) is known as the “ban the box” legislation because many job applications include a check box asking about an applicant’s criminal background.

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