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City commissioners consider removing felony box

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany officials may revise city job applications, and remove the box where a person must mark whether they've been convicted of a felony.

Albany State Criminal Justice Department Chairman Dr. Charles Ochie spoke to commissioners Tuesday about the "ban the box" project.

He says many offenders can't get their lives back on track because they're automatically disqualified when they apply for a job.

City officials say if they make the change, they would still conduct background checks.

“I agreed with it.I work with a lot of ex-offenders and they have a right to get back into the work place and live a productive life just like all of us. I just want to be able to ask a few questions,” says City Commissioner BJ Fletcher.

City officials plan to discuss the pros and cons during a future meeting.

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