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April 28, 2015

Koch Industries 'bans the box'

This is great news for Dads and others struggling to put their pasts behind them and be contributing members of society:

WICHITA -- Koch Industries, one of the nation's largest private companies, has removed questions about prior criminal convictions from its job applications, becoming the latest corporation to join a burgeoning movement trying to make it easier for ex-offenders to find work.

Koch Industries, which employs 60,000 workers in the United States, dropped the questions last month, company officials said. More than half its U.S. jobs are in manufacturing.

The company's CEO, Charles Koch, a billionaire known for his support of Republican candidates and libertarian causes, has made overhauling the criminal-justice system a priority. Mark Holden, Koch's general counsel and senior vice president, said it made common sense for the company to take this step.

"Do we want to be judged for the rest of our life for something that happened on our worst day?" Holden said during an interview with USA TODAY at the company's headquarters.

The "ban the box" movement urges employers to wait until prospective employees are being interviewed or have tentative job offers before asking about their criminal histories. Proponents said it will give ex-felons and others with criminal records a better shot at employment if they are not rejected at the very start of the hiring process....

"This is truly amazing news," said Gale DuBose, legal coordinator at Fathers and Families, adding that the following are Koch companies in South Carolina:

  • Alcolu
    • Georgia-Pacific
  • Charleston
    • Koch Fertilizer
  • Darlington
    • Georgia-Pacific
    • Koch Fertilizer
  • Fairfax
    • Georgia-Pacific
  • Florence
    • Georgia-Pacific
  • Greenville
    • INVISTA
  • Lugoff
    • INVISTA
    • KII Other
  • McCormick
    • Georgia-Pacific
  • Prosperity
    • Georgia-Pacific
  • Russellville
    • Georgia-Pacific
  • Spartanburg
    • Georgia-Pacific