City Hall Loosens Requirements for Criminal Record Checks

“We see very clearly in our work the impact of not just requiring a criminal record check, but that you not have a criminal record at the end of that,” says Martha Paynter, with the non-profit Women’s Wellness Within. 

Women’s Wellness Within provides healthcare to criminalized women and advocates for better conditions. The organization recently launched a campaign calling for, among other things, an elimination of the barriers and stigma directed towards people with criminal records.

“It’s fine to ask somebody about their past, if your response to that is always going to be understanding and compassionate,” says Paynter. “But that’s not always the reality.”

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Grace Szucs