Marilynn Winn (left front) and other supporters of the Ban the Box campaign at a press conference. The city of Atlanta took an administrative action in January 2013 to remove the question about criminal background from the city's employment applications.

‘Ban the Box’ Campaign Moves Ahead, Pushed by Formerly Incarcerated People

At age 18, Marilynn Winn went to prison in Georgia for theft. When she was released a year later, her first action was to look for a job. She soon learned she could only get hired if she lied on job applications. Today, a nationwide movement called “Ban the Box” seeks to address this problem. It’s an effort to get government and private employers to revamp job applications to remove the question "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?"