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Community forum on Fair Chance Hiring, sponsored by INBA
Does a criminal history check-box on a job application prevent some of Spokane’s loyal and talented workers from getting an interview?
Does the broad overuse of pre-employment background checks lead to a drain on city resources and public services?

These are a few of the questions that Spokane City Council will answer at a community educational forum on Fair Chance Hiring on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6 p.m. INBA is proud to be a sponsor for this educational forum, having added fair chance hiring to our 2016 legislative agenda as a primary objective.

Source: National Employment Law Project

Fair Chance Hiring is an employment practice policy adopted by more than 70 cities and nine states across the United States to remove barriers to employment for individuals with arrest or criminal conviction records. In August 2014, Mayor Condon announced that the City of Spokane would join other cities in “banning the box” by no longer requiring applicants to disclose their criminal background on job applications. The Spokane City Council adopted a resolution in April 2015 supporting the City’s Fair Chance Hiring administrative policy and encouraging private employers to adopt similar hiring policies.

Nearly one in three adults in the United States – 70 million individuals – has a criminal record. Studies show that employment is one of the biggest predictors of post-conviction success for an offender. The ability of people with criminal records to successfully reintegrate into our community contributes to reducing recidivism, reducing criminal justice costs, and lowering community crime.

The community forum will be moderated by District Court Judge Richard Leland with presentations by experts from the Washington State University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and the Center for Justice. The forum will also include a panel discussion by business owners, ex-offenders, and employment agencies.

Attendees can provide questions and comments regarding Fair Chance Hiring Policies which will be added to a final report published by the Spokane City Council.

By attending this community educational forum, you directly support INBA’s legislative agenda and our vision of an economically robust and civically engaged community through the acceptance of diversity throughout our region.

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