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Del. Bill Could Make It Easier For Ex-Convicts To Get A Government Job

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DELAWARE - The state House just approved legislation which could make it easier for ex-convicts to get a government job.

The so-called "ban the box" bill would allow consideration of an applicant's criminal background and credit history only after a first interview. This means prospective government workers would no longer have to disclose a criminal record on a job application.

The bill would not apply to police departments, the court and prison systems and positions that require criminal background checks.

"I think if you have a criminal record, you don't get a job in the government. Once you're a criminal, you're always a criminal," Marty Bennett said.

"I think it needs to be there. I mean it depends what your criminal past is, but I think they should know about it," David Hastings said.

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