Prison Reform: Ban the Box

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Recognising the central role of employment in helping people leaving prison to become reintegrated into society, the Bishops’ Conference agrees to ‘Ban the Box’ in their diocesan recruitment practices, and encourages all employers to do the same, so as to allow for applicants to make their case.


Cardinal: ‘Ban the box’ so prison leavers can find stable employment
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has told delegates at a conference on prison chaplaincy that employers – Catholic organisations included – should exclude the tick box on initial job application forms requiring a person who has completed a prison sentence to disclose their conviction.

A Catholic approach to prison reform. Draws on expertise from Catholic charities, chaplains and experts working in this field. November 2016.

A Christian approach to Punishment and Prison. 

A research document that looks at the spiritual and pastoral role of Catholic chaplains for Catholic prisoners.

Full section for the November 2016 Plenary.