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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Metro Civil Service Commission of Nashville, Tennessee has voted unanimously to join the Ban the Box movement and remove the check box on job applications for employment with the consolidated city and county that asks if applicants were ever convicted of a crime in the past, according to report on the WKRN-TV News 2 website.

WKRN-TV News 2 reports that advocates of the Ban the Box movement with Democracy Nashville told News 2 they believe employees should still have to disclose their criminal past to employers and are in favor of background checks. They also told News 2 they will try to convince large employers and firms contracting with the city and the state to join Ban the Box.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry sent News 2 the following statement about Ban the Box: I’ve long supported efforts to ‘ban the box’ so that individuals who are looking for a second chance in life have the opportunity to compete for jobs. Reducing barriers to employment for individuals who have previously been incarcerated can help to reduce recidivism rates and ensure a safer community for all.

Nashville joins more than 100 cities and counties as well as 18 states in the Ban the Box movement. Nicknamed “The Music City,” Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and has an estimated population of 1,757,912 in the greater metropolitan area. The complete WKRN-TV News 2 report is available at

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) supports common sense Ban the Box programs that prevent an early “knock-out” punch for reformed ex-offenders and delay inquiries about criminal history and background checks until after they are judged first on their knowledge, skills, and abilities. ESR also offers a Ban the Box information Page that is available at


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