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Ann Arbor May Remove Felony Question From Job Applications

May 5, 2014

Convicted felons applying for a job with the City of Ann Arbor will have a little less to worry about. Ann Arbor City Council Monday night considers a resolution eliminating the Felony check-off box from municipal job applications. 

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Should it pass, Councilman Chuck Warpehoski believes the policy may expand, to include contractors doing business with the city as well.  Warpehoski says if a felon can't find a job, it likely means a return to jail.  

Background checks will still be performed for specific positions where a criminal record matters most.  

Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township have already eliminated the felony question, and other communities in the area are considering similar efforts.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.