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Actions, Criminal Justice Reform

The Trump administration wants to force federal job applicants to divulge information about their participation in programs that help people avoid criminal convictions. We can’t let that happen.

Diversion programs exist so that people accused of minor mistakes—things like petty theft or simple drug possession—have an off-ramp from the justice system that protects them from the lifelong burden of a criminal record.

Now, the Trump administration is trying to make people reveal whether they’ve ever participated in a diversion program—essentially undermining the purpose of these programs. The federal government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) wants to change a form to require job applicants for all federal jobs to say if they’ve ever completed a diversion program. This will hurt jobseekers and sets a dangerous precedent for other employers to follow.

Make your voice heard! Let the administration know that access to employment is key and their criminal justice reform rollbacks will hurt, not help.

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