Ban boards from using vague standards like “moral turpitude” or “fitness” to disqualify applicants.
Require evidence of rehabilitation when considering applicants.
Strengthen safeguards for due process by requiring a petition process and placing the burden of proof on the state.
South Carolina receives a D for its middling protections for ex-offenders seeking licenses. The state at first appears to have a strong relevancy test, barring boards from denying licenses unless the criminal record “directly relates” to the license sought. Unfortunately, this test is immediately swallowed by a loophole that lets boards disqualify applicants if they are “unfit or unsuited to engage in the profession or occupation,” a far lower standard.