The Baltimore City Council Monday voted in favor of passing legislation that would block potential employers from inquiring about a job candidate's arrest history on most job applications until later in the hiring process.
The so-called "ban the box" legislation, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, moves Baltimore in the "right direction."
In a statement, the Mayor said:
Today's passage of the Ban the Ban box legislation is a critical component to not only helping to reduce unemployment, but also improving public safety by addressing recidivism. When it comes to the crime fight, we have to use every tool available, which includes creating opportunities for those who have paid their debt to society and want to turn their lives around. Access to a good job can make the difference between a repeat offender or a productive member of society. I commend the council for working to resolve various issues raised throughout the process, and ultimately passing this legislation that moves Baltimore in the right direction.
The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the measure, despite strong opposition from Baltimore business groups .