COLUMBUS— Today, State Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) released the following statement applauding the efforts of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to “ban the box” and assist Ohioans with re-entry into the workforce. The department recently changed its policy to remove the checkbox requesting information on past convictions from civil service applications beginning on June 1st.

“This change in policy is a step in the right direction to evening the workforce playing field and assist rehabilitated Ohioans who are seeking employment. There are many ex-offenders who have gained necessary skills that can be utilized in our workforce and they should not be penalized for past mistakes. I now call upon private sector employees to join the movement to ‘ban the box’ and support our efforts to put Ohioans on a path to success.  Employment is vital to reducing recidivism, and as the economy continues to recover, it’s time for Ohio to ensure people who want work are given a second chance.”

In 2012, Senator Williams introduced legislation, HB 235, as a State Representative prohibiting employers from asking an applicant if they have been convicted or pleaded guilty to a felony on an employment application.  

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