Ex-felons can now work for City of Cincinnati

CINCINNATI - City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to enact a new FairHiring Policy, allowing people with felony records to apply forcity jobs.

Applicants will no longer be asked to submit to criminalbackground checks until after they are determined to be qualifiedfor the position.

"The Fair Hiring Policy is a victory not only for formeroffenders, but also all Cincinnatians," said David Singleton,Executive Director of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center.Singleton fought on behalf of applicant Gene Mays, who ways denieda job with the city because of a decades-old felony conviction.

"This is a great day," said Mays. "It's important to people likeme, who have made mistakes but turned their lives around, be givena second chance."

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