Columbus Dispatch: Newark takes criminal inquiry off job forms

NEWARK — Not many ordinances have passed with as little resistance as the so-called ban-the-box proposal that the sometimes-divided Newark City Council passed unanimously on Monday night.

With a 9-0 vote, Newark became the most recent in a growing number of both public and private employers to remove any inquiry about a prior criminal conviction from its job applications.

The effort, sparked by a grass-roots group called the Newark Think Tank on Poverty and sponsored by Councilman Jeremy Blake, was designed to eliminate one more unnecessary barrier that citizens returning to society after a prison stint face in attempting to rebuild their lives, advocates say.

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