My issue isn’t with ‘ban the box’, jail reform or whatever the criminal justice issue of the day … It’s with the overemphasis and exclusion of everything else. What about black people who don’t have pressing legal issues yet are struggling to hold on? Where is the representation? Where are the better quality and higher paying jobs? Where is the tax relief? Can we get real quality grocery stores in our neighborhoods? Free community gardens? Adequate public transportation? Decent schools? Help with these slumlords? How about eradicating the temp tags issue? Preserve/strenghten the safety nets. Decriminalize being broke?

My issue isn’t with ‘ban the box’, jail reform or whatever the criminal justice issue of the day … It’s with the overemphasis and exclusion of everything else. What about black people who don’t have pressing legal issues yet are struggling to hold on? Where is the representation? Where are the better quality and higher paying jobs? Where is the tax relief? Can we get real quality grocery stores in our neighborhoods? Free community gardens? Adequate public transportation? Decent schools? Help with these slumlords? How about eradicating the temp tags issue? Preserve/strenghten the safety nets. Decriminalize being broke?

St. Louis leaders consider `ban the box’ legislation

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis city leaders are considering a proposal that would remove criminal history questions from initial job applications in the private sector. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the city Board of Aldermen began debate Friday on the “ban-the-box” legislation. The measure…

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