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Ypsilanti To Discuss Ordinance That Would Protect Individuals With Misdemeanor Crime Convictions

Sep 15, 2020

Ypsilanti’s city council will discuss the first reading of a resolution Tuesday night that, if approved, would benefit residents who have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes.  

City Council is considering adding misdemeanor crime convictions to a class of actions protected from discrimination.  Council Member Steve Wilcoxen from the second ward says the ordinance would protect individuals who are looking for employment or housing among, other services

Council Member Steve Wilcoxen: There are some misdemeanors, such as cannabis violations, that now that’s legal, those are still on people’s records until we get them expunged. 

Wilcoxen says the ordinance will also help people get back on their feet who may be trying to turn their lives around by clearing their records.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu