Seventy million Americans have a criminal record, a shockingly high number that stems from high incarceration rates going back for decades, and that continue to exact a human cost even after an individual’s debt to society has been paid. Now, a prison reform movement embraced by such unlikely allies as the Koch brothers and the ACLU is pushing to “Ban the Box” on employment forms that applicants must check if they’ve had a misdemeanor or felony conviction, a mark that weeds them out before they even get in the door.

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