(DNAINFO) Danielle Tcholakian | March 29, 2016 — New York University is under pressure to stop asking applicants to disclose their criminal record.
Kingsley Rowe was 18 when an accident with a handgun resulted in the death of a friend — and landed him in prison for a decade.
Nearly 30 years later, the Brooklyn-born 46-year-old is an administrator at New York University with three degrees under his belt, and is lobbying the school to give troubled kids a fair shot.
“The people who are formerly incarcerated are not asking for anything free,” Rowe said. “They’re looking for opportunity, that’s all.”
Rowe wants the school to “ban the box” — eliminate a checkbox on their college application asking the applicant if they have a criminal record.