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Ex-con asks Youngstown council to remove convictions from job apps

Published: Wed, March 19, 2014 @ 9:10 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Akim Lattermore, released from state prison in 1995 after serving five years, says she’s spent the time after her release struggling to find steady employment.

Convicted of aggravated robbery and receiving stolen property, Lattermore of Youngstown said she’s only been able to find part-time and seasonal work since her release.

She was among three ex-convicts who spoke at today’s city council meeting urging its members to approve a resolution on a policy that removes questions about criminal convictions from city employment applications.

Mayor John A. McNally, who sponsored the resolution, said his administration would move quickly to remove the question.

Before hiring, the city would require that person to pay the $50 for a criminal background check from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the FBI. If a person has a criminal record, McNally would make the final decision on hiring.

Council voted 7-0 in favor of the resolution.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1handymandave(578 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Great idea. The president she voted for is most likely the reason there is no job for her though. People without records and great college degrees can't find employment either.

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2Roger_Thornhill(1068 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Excellent post GDOG!

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3LtMacGowan(714 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Really? I thought it should be the most qualified for the job, PERIOD.

Lets say some guy who is now pushing 40 committing a single felony at age 18. He s been paying for it 22 years now. No owning a firearm, no voting, discrimination on job applications. Even though studies show that some one who goes 7 years with out committing a crime is statistically no more likely to commit a crime than some one who has never broken it before. Well I hope you his application is tossed in the trash and yours is accepted and when you come out of work one day your car stereo is missing and your car is on fire.

that would be poetic justice.

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4UNCOMMONSENSE(626 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like a priority for a city that has so many greater issues...

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