Commission debates plans to “ban the box”

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AUGUSTA,Ga (WJBF) Making a pitch to have Augusta ban the box.

Mayor Hardie Davis, taking the unusual step of going  before commissioners to urge city leaders, to do away with the criminal conviction check box on city job applications.
This would give those convicted of felonies a better chance of getting city jobs.
And while commissioners supported the idea they said a consultant is currently looking at the same proposal  – so they voted to wait  until the consultants finish their work later this month.

“We don’t want to piecemeal this we’ve already  hired the consultant this consultant has already begun to work let’s give him the opportunity do the policy portion bring it back to use if it needs tweaking let’s do it,” says Commissioner Bill Lockett.

The mayor’s proposal would limit  criminal back ground checks those who are a finalist for a city job,
work in law enforcement, or work with children.

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