A letter from 27 Democratic Senators was sent to President Obama urging him to implement a “ban the box” initiative for all federal contractors and agencies. The letter highlighted that this type of initiative complements the administrations goals of being a model employer and increasing opportunities for boys and men of color. This initiative comes at a time when over 70 million adults in the US have a criminal record and the prison population has increased by over 400% since 1977. Currently, 7 out of 10 companies use background checks in the hiring process making fair chance laws a key part of increasing employment for offenders and decreasing recidivism. Across the country there are 16 states that have passed such fair chance laws with 6 of those states including private employers.