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Arizona governor mulls banning criminal background questions

Posted at 8:27 AM, Sep 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-16 19:45:18-04

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is considering banning criminal background questions on job applications.

The policy for state agencies would delay the process of asking prospective employees for arrest or conviction information until later in the hiring process.
    
The policy would tie into Ducey's efforts at reducing convicted criminals' tendency to reoffend and providing second chances for convicted criminals.
    
Several initiatives in the past two years have focused on this goal, from employment centers at prisons to food stamps for former drug felons to inmate fire crews.
    
A slide in a report put together by the Ducey administration says the policy would only apply to public sector jobs, not private companies, as a way to "model the behavior we want the private sector to follow."