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Ban the Box Initiative Unveiled

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MADISON (WKOW) -- City of Madison officials are considering dropping the requirement that job applicants reveal criminal histories when they apply.

On Wednesday, "Ban the Box" initiatives were unveiled in Madison.

Several states, including Illinois and Minnesota, have already adopted "Ban the Box" policies.
   
The theory is that the criminal history requirement has a disproportionate effect on certain racial and ethnic groups.

Mayor Paul Soglin says, "This is going to effect the applicants, its going to be encouraging support for them, its going to effect employers, and I'm hoping that this act by the city will send a message to private sector employers throughout the area that its time for them to adopt the same practice."

A resolution will be introduced at next week's common council meeting to produce an analysis of what it would take to impose the ban the box requirement.

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