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On Tuesday, the Lucas County commissioners are expected
to join the ‘ban the box' movement, aimed at increasing job opportunities for people
with a criminal record and improving fair hiring practices.
The movement involves eliminating the practice of screening
job applications by asking applicants to check a box if they've been convicted
of a felony or misdemeanor.
"We don't think at the very first blush as your
application comes in that needs to be a qualifying box to be checked," said
Commissioner Pete Gerken.
Rev. Donald Perryman says that will go a long way toward
removing barriers for people with a criminal record to get a job and get back
on their feet.
"By delaying that background check to the latter parts of
the hiring process, we don't just throw applications away at the outset,"
Gerken says the county will continue to conduct
background checks, but he believes it will improve local government hiring
"We want to look at your resume, your education, your
life experience, and then as we go farther down the process, if that criminal
record is an issue for the kind of job we're going to hire for, then we'll talk
about it with the applicant," he said.
Those who are working to improve second-chance hiring
point to studies which show a person is three times less likely to return to
prison if they have a job. Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and Goodwill Industries held
a forum on Monday to highlight efforts to find work for people with criminal
records, and are encouraged by Lucas County's three-year recidivism rate
dropping from 33.8 percent to 23.4 percent from 2005-2009.