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Mar 07

Could ‘ban the box’ find bipartisan support in North Carolina?

From the Raleigh North Carolina News & Observer

Every year, tens of thousands of North Carolinians find themselves readjusting to life as convicted criminals, adding to the population of people whose record makes it difficult to find legitimate work.

Now, a group of state legislators is trying to make it easier for someone with a criminal past to get a job. A bill filed Wednesday would enact a “Ban the Box” law for government jobs in city, county and state agencies.

If it passes, government employers in North Carolina would no longer be allowed to ask potential employees if they’ve been convicted of a crime before interviewing them. It’s called “Ban the Box” because it would remove the box on job applications that people check to indicate they’ve been convicted of a crime.

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