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Ann Arbor Job Applications Won't Ask About Crime Convictions

May 6, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council has approved a new hiring policy removing references to past felony convictions from most employment applications for city jobs. 

[asset-images[{">The Ann Arbor News reports exceptions to the change approved unanimously Monday night are for police and fire department applicants.

Council member Jack Eaton, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution establishing the new policy, says a felony conviction shouldn't prevent a person from doing some city jobs. He says he believes the "best anti-crime program is a good job."

Officials say those seeking jobs often feel turned away before they apply when they are required to disclose a felony conviction. Council says a prior criminal conviction won't bar employment unless there's a direct correlation between the conviction and the requirements of the job.

Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor