Obama eases federal job application process for people with criminal history

President Obama on Monday will announce seven new federal actions meant to help rehabilitate and reintegrate former prisoners, including a new executive action that will delay federal government inquiries into people's criminal backgrounds when they apply for work at the federal government.

According to the White House, the plan is aimed at helping ex-prisoners by easing their adjustment back into society through educational programs, housing assistance and job training opportunities. The plan has the potential to reach more than 600,000 individuals released from state and federal prisons annually, according to the White House website.

Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Mayor Ras Baraka will join the president during his remarks on the plan in Newark, N.J., on Monday, as well as Obama's remarks at Rutgers University's Center for Law and Justice.

Under the new initiative, Obama will reiterate the need for the Senate to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, which recently passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the meantime, Obama will step around Congress and instruct the Office of Personnel Management to delay criminal background checks for all federal and federally contracted jobs until lawmakers have officially "banned the box."

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