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Richmond City Council unanimously passes ‘ban the box’ ordinance

Richmond council moves to delete felony question on job form

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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 8:01 am, Wed Mar 27, 2013.

With the support of dozens of people who packed into Richmond’s City Council chambers Monday night, the council voted unanimously to eliminate requirements that applicants for many city jobs acknowledge prior felony convictions on initial applications.

Though the “ban the box” ordinance’s passage was never in doubt — it was on the council’s consent agenda — about two dozen speakers, including many with felony convictions, lined up to relate the challenges of trying to support themselves and their families after serving their time.

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