Forced Disclosure of Criminal Background: A Novel Explanation for Rhode Island’s High Unemployment Rate
… proffered in today’s Providence Journal by the challenger in the House District Four race.
Asked about his own solutions, [Mark] Binder linked Rhode Island’s high unemployment, in part, to the large number of people who can’t get work because they are required to disclose their criminal histories on job applications. Binder told his audience at Laurelmead that he heard this story often in talking to unemployed people in the Camp Street area of Providence and believes the state should make it “so these guys don’t have to check that box” on an employment application.
It could only be good for the government reform effort in the state to have a Democrat Speaker toppled. In this case, that would involve a victory by Mark Binder. That does not, however, obviate the necessity to ask the almost painfully obvious question here: how does Mr. Binder’s theory explain the situation of the vast majority of the unemployed in the state who, you know, lack a criminal background?