Reducing recidivism is a worthwhile goal, one which we all should support. But solving the problem of dealing with repeat offenders is still not enough. We cannot un-kill a murder victim, un-rape a person. I’m not wise enough to know how to address the root causes of poverty and inadequate education. I have my guesses, but that’s all. For the present, we may have to settle for creating hopefulness, and that begins with a job, the tools a person needs to get and keep one, and the belief that things will improve. Ban the box is a small step in the right direction.