Obama in NJ, to call for breaking cycle of incarceration

Obama to speak in Newark, New Jersey about breaking the cycle of incarceration
President Barack Obama hugs Stephanie Luna as Robin Shorter, left, and Sharon Boatwright, right, watch during Obama's visit to Integrity House, a residential facility in Newark, N.J., Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Obama is calling for breaking the cycle of incarceration by helping former inmates successfully re-enter society. Luna and Boatwright are resident and participants at Integrity and Shorter is Director of the Women's Outpatient Programs and Director of the Women's Half-Way House at Integrity House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – President Barack Obama is announcing new rules that will prevent federal agencies from quickly screening out job applicants just because they have criminal records.

Obama says too many employers dismiss applicants because they’ve checked a box stating they have a criminal history. Obama says employers should “give folks a chance to get in the door.”

The president made the comments in Newark, New Jersey, where he is calling for criminal justice reform and more programs to help former inmates reenter society.

Obama noted roughly 70 million Americans have some sort of criminal record. He says making sure those people can find jobs, housing and education is good for the economy.

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