Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Gov. Bevin orders 'fair chance' for workers seeking state jobs
Bevin issues executive order removing conviction question from all executive branch job applications
Click on headline for complete story
By Woody Maglinger
News from Gov. Matt Bevin's Communications Office
FRANKFORT, KY (Wed 1 Feb 2017) - Seeking to lead by example and give convicted felons a chance at meaningful employment, Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order Wednesday that removes questions about criminal history from the initial application for state jobs in the executive branch.
The order - known as the Fair Chance Employment Initiative - means that applicants will not be required to check the box for criminal convictions on the initial state application.
"Ours is a nation of second chances, founded upon core principles that include mercy and redemption," said Gov. Bevin. "The simple act of removing this box will help to level the playing field for all applicants, and it is my sincere hope that many of the private employers in our state will consider doing the same thing."
Gov. Bevin stressed the importance of Kentucky leading the way in removing barriers for felons to become gainfully employed, which helps reduce recidivism and improve public safety.
Executive branch agencies may still inquire about criminal records before interviewing an applicant, and may consider criminal history when making hiring decisions. However, postponing that inquiry until after the initial application provides applicants with a better opportunity to explain their backgrounds.
"We want to make sure everyone gets fair consideration for the jobs that make our Commonwealth run," said Personnel Secretary Tom Stephens.
Conservative estimates from the National Employment Law Project indicate that nearly 70 million people in the United States have a criminal record of some type. Employment is a key factor in keeping people from reoffending, according to several national studies.
"When ex-offenders are able to find stable jobs, they are able to support their families and find new purpose for their lives," said Justice Secretary John Tilley. "Studies show that removing that box and giving a person a chance at an interview increases the likelihood they will get a job."
Twenty-four states and more than 150 cities and counties - including Metro Louisville - have adopted fair chance hiring practices.
Gov. Bevin's order builds on Kentucky's effort to enact smart criminal justice reforms that enhance public safety while also rehabilitating offenders. Last year, the governor signed legislation to allow for expungement of certain low-level felonies after a person has completed the terms of their criminal sentence. The legislature also is expected to consider a criminal justice reform bill when they return to session next week.
Gov. Bevin issued the executive order on the new approach to state hiring during a press conference in the Rotunda Wednesday morning, prior to the final meeting of the Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council, which he formed last June.
The 23-member council worked for six months, at the Governor's direction, to prepare suggestions for smart-on-crime initiatives. A bill incorporating many of those suggestions is expected to be filed next week by Sen. Whitney Westerfield.
This story was posted on 2017-02-01 13:03:14
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Kentucky:
Simpson County, KY, woman guilty of bank robbery
Amazon to locate Prime Air Shipping Hub at NKY's CVG Airport
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
KOHS urges safe driving on Superbowl Sunday
Justices and judges participate in KY Opioid Summit in Louisville
Strong passwords are key to data privacy
Pike Co. Mine shut down following fatality 26 Jan 2017
Stark Truss to create 22 jobs at new facility in Franklin
KY Treasurer promotes Oleka, hires Heavrin
5th Annual Kentucky Century Challenge
View even more articles in topic Kentucky
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.