Here's a different angle on "ban the box" legislation that considers public health benefits. "Ban the Box" won't just benefit ex-offenders. It also makes a difference for the children of ex-offenders by breaking the cycle of poverty and incarceration.
Incarceration has serious impacts on a parents’ ability to contribute to the family income. Somewhere between 40 to over 50% of people with criminal records report no annual income even several years after their incarceration and wage growth is reduced by over 30% among former inmates. Children with parents who are unemployed have poorer performance in schools and these findings are more pronounced in lower income families. It is therefore of little surprise that children of parents with a history of incarceration are more likely to commit crimes and become incarcerated themselves. Lack of employment prevents parents who are ex-offenders from providing for their children and puts already disadvantaged youth at a higher risk of negative outcomes.