ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany State professor said the Governor is taking the right step with his "Ban the Box" hiring policy.
Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order saying people applying for jobs with the state will no longer have to disclose criminal convictions on initial applications.
Deal's criminal justice reform council recommended the change and Dr. Charles Ochie hopes the city and county will follow suit.
" This is one barrier that they don't have to face anymore. It means they can now go look for a job, apply for a job and have an equal chance like everybody else to be interviewed," said Dr. Charles Ochie, ASU Criminal Justice Professor.
Dr. Ochie said Albany City commissioners may vote on the policy next month.