What is ?
Project Open Door is an initiative led by the JAX Chamber to encourage employers to delay criminal background inquiries to the interview process. Also known as “ban the box” in other communities, this is a voluntary effort to afford more opportunity to all Jacksonville citizens while helping support the regional economy.
Many employers are demonstrating an ongoing commitment to take action to reduce barriers to a fair shot at a second chance, including delaying criminal history questions until later in the hiring process; ensuring that information regarding an applicant’s criminal record is considered in proper context; and engaging in hiring practices that do not unnecessarily place jobs out of reach for those with criminal records.
This is not something we are trying to address at City Hall or in Tallahassee. This is the business community leading the way and agreeing that by not immediately excluding someone with an arrest record, we make a positive change in our companies and in our community.