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Charlottesville Removes Felony Question from Applications - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Charlottesville Removes Felony Question from Applications

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

If you're applying for a job with the city of Charlottesville you are no longer forced to reveal if you have a felony on your record.

The city has scratched the question off applications. Charlottesville’s director of human resources, Galloway Beck, says the city is trying to help ex-offenders get back into the community. Beck says asking felons if they have had a felony right off the bat may discourage them from applying altogether.

"We can remove the question at that stage of the selection process in a way that is not going to cause harm for the city. We are still going to ask and do criminal history background checks, it's just a matter of when that occurs,” Beck said.

Beck says the city will most likely do background checks during the final phase of the application process, once it has narrowed down the search to a few finalists.

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