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Norfolk cuts conviction query from job application

Thursday - 7/25/2013, 3:40am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Applicants for most city jobs in Norfolk will no longer be asked if they have ever been convicted of a crime.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/15ga1vj ) that Norfolk is the latest Virginia locality to join the "ban the box" effort promoted by advocacy groups for former inmates. Richmond and Newport News have also made the change, and Virginia Beach is in the early stages of doing so.

Norfolk officials say the question could disappear from most city job applications by Sept. 1. It will still appear on applications for public safety jobs.

Also, city officials will continue to conduct background checks and drug screening.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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