This week, the Albany City Commission joined the Dougherty County Commission and the State of Georgia in approving the ban the box initiative. That means those government entities will no longer have a box on their job applications asking applicants whether they've been convicted of a crime.
Governor Nathan Deal has asked private businesses to join in as well. It's part of his ongoing criminal justice reform plan, and we think it's a good idea.
It doesn't mean job candidates won't undergo background checks, it just means they won't automatically be disqualified from the hiring process from the beginning.
People who get out of jail and can't find work are much more likely to end up back behind bars than those who get jobs. Whatever society can do to help former convicts become productive citizens helps us all.