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Thinking Outside the Box: Hospitals Promoting Employment for Formerly Incarcerated PersonsHospitals Promoting Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Persons

Zoey Thill, MD, MPP; Marce Abare, MD, MPH; and Aaron Fox, MD, MS
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From Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York.

Disclosures: Authors have disclosed no conflicts of interest. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-1674.

Requests for Single Reprints: Marce Abare, MD, MPH, House Staff, Montefiore Medical Center, 111 East 210th Street, Bronx, NY 10467; e-mail, marce.abare@gmail.com.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Thill, Abare, and Fox: Montefiore Medical Center, 111 East 210th Street, Bronx, NY 10467.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: Z. Thill, M. Abare, A. Fox.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: Z. Thill.

Drafting of the article: Z. Thill, M. Abare, A. Fox.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: Z. Thill, M. Abare.

Final approval of the article: Z. Thill, M. Abare, A. Fox.

Provision of study materials or patients: Z. Thill.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: Z. Thill, M. Abare.

Collection and assembly of data: Z. Thill.

Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(7):524-525. doi:10.7326/M14-1674
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After release, many former prisoners are unemployed, which leads to lack of health insurance and a risk for worsening physical and mental illness. This commentary discusses how the exclusion of formerly incarcerated persons from the workforce may worsen health and propagate health disparities.

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Ban the Box
Posted on November 5, 2014
Bilal Farooqi, MD
Resident Physician, Internal Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA
Conflict of Interest: None Declared
While the "Ban the Box" (BTB) movement is admirable, I think many of us are hesitant when it would come to employing or promoting the employment of formerly incarcerated persons. It would take the transgression of one formerly incarcerated individual to ruin the opportunities for others. Surely, crimes vary in severity and it is unfair to stigmatize an entire population. Therefore, I think a wiser approach to breaking down the barrier would be to do it piecemeal. Instead of completely "banning the box," perhaps we can modify it so that it is less generalized with statements that only require those involved with "violent" crimes to check the box. What is considered a "violent" crime or how to properly word the question would be the next step of action.
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