The change in question is just removing a box that asks job applicants if they've been arrested or convicted of a crime, a box that immediately takes many applicants out of the running for even low-wage jobs. The movement to ban the box is gaining steam and having an impact:
In Minneapolis, where a ban the box ordinance passed in 2007, the percentage of people with criminal records who were able to find work went from 6 percent to 60. [...]It should be obvious, but being able to get a job makes recidivism less likely, keeping people out of prison. That saves the public money, yes, but equally importantly, it allows people to recover from early mistakes and live reasonable lives. Right now, the effects of discrimination against ex-prisoners fall disproportionately on black men, so reducing discrimination against ex-prisoners is an important way to chip away at racial gaps in unemployment and wages.
In total, 10 states have banned the box, and half of them did it last year. They’re joined by 56 local jurisdictions, by the count of the National Law Employment Project (NELP).