Ferndale Votes to “Ban the Box”

March 20,2018

Oakland County One-Fifteen News reported that the City Council of Ferndale, Michigan voted to remove criminal history questions from employment applications [1]. For people who have criminal records, finding decent jobs can be next to impossible. It does not matter if a person with a conviction has truly turned their life around, they must still place an “x” in the criminal history box when asked.

Ferndale is not alone in adopting this policy of “banning the box”. Cities like Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Kalamazoo have also adopted this practice in the hopes of offering people a fair chance to start over [1].

Criminal histories will still be reviewed and background checks still conducted, but by “banning the box” these cities are allowing people with criminal records a fair chance to better themselves and start over.

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