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Ban the Box

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Ban the Box movement has reached Spokane, Washington as Mayor David Condon indicated that the city “would join a nationwide trend to Ban the Box and no longer ask city job applicants about their criminal background,” according to a report from The Spokesman-Review.

Mayor Condon said at news conference that joining the Ban the Box movement and revising city employment applications opens “another pathway to access” and gives “more equal footing for meaningful employment” to ex-offenders with criminal records, The Spokesman-Review reports.

The Mayor’s decision to Ban the Box does not require City Council approval, The Spokesman-Review reports, and is now under review by Spokane’s human resources department and independent Civil Service Commission. The complete news report from The Spokesman-Review is available here.

The Ban the Box movement – which aims to remove the box on applications that applicants check if they have criminal records – is spreading in the United States. A National Employment Law Project (NELP) Resource Guide shows nearly 70 cities and counties in the U.S. have adopted Ban the Box legislation.

Ban the Box Information from ESR

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a nationwide accredited background check firm, is offering employers a new Ban the Box Information Page that contains links to the latest news and reports about the Ban the Box movement. The page is available at