AuthorHansen, Rachel Lindsey
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis thesis centers on the Ban the Box movement, a study on its affects within the greater-Tucson area, interviews of Human Resources Directors, a synthesis of what is happening in Arizona, and a discussion of its importance. Ban the Box is a movement that promotes the elimination of “the box” that forces anyone with a criminal background to check on applications for jobs, housing, education, etc. The movement has steadily increased in both the public and private sector as companies like Target and Wal-Mart have voluntarily eliminated the box from their initial application forms. This is important because the United States crime rates are increasing and thus the box affects more and more people every day. In the case study, it became clear that various jurisdictions in Arizona have extremely varied responses to the movement, though each Human Resources professional seemed to have a similar opinion. I learned that this topic is not as cut and dry as it originally seems. To make a complete law that is commonly accepted by all, a lot of research and support from all parties involved will be necessary. For future studies done on Ban the Box, it is important to give interviewees plenty of time to prepare and to do varied research before. The thesis concludes with a summation of the material discussed and the author’s opinion shining through.
Degree ProgramHonors College