Ban the box gets debated by Augusta Commissioners

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AUGUSTA,Ga (WJBF) Augusta leaders are trying to hammer out a new policy to make it easier for those convicted of a felony to get a city job.

Tense discussions as the personnel policy sub-committee debated the so called ban the box.

The city’s consultant recommendation is to keep the criminal history check box on job application, but only use that information in hiring if it disqualifies a candidate.

But Commissioner Ben Hasan opposed that saying the state and other Georgia cities have banned the box, and only review a candidate’s criminal history after they become a finalist for a job.

“To give a person a fair chance I think it’s the right way to go we have several cities across the state of Georgia have already done that many times we question why are we so far behind when we have an opportunity to get right in step with the whole country for the most part and too chose not to do that I think we’re making a serious mistake,” said Hasan.

The proposed policy change on fair chance hiring and others are now headed to the commission for final approval.

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