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English cardinal: don’t ask about prison sentences on employment applications

September 09, 2016

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has asked employers, including Catholic agencies, not to ask job applicants whether they have served prison sentences.

“It is hard to envisage the crushing disappointment of someone who has worked hard to move away from crime and learn new skills, only to be rejected for job after job and never even given the opportunity to explain how he or she has changed since being convicted years before,” the Westminster archbishop said in a September 6 speech on prison reform.

“Over the coming year I look forward to discussions about how the Church can ban the box in our own employment practices, while taking all the necessary steps to ensure that safeguarding is never compromised,” he added.

 
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