WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2015 — Mayor Charlie Hales today hosted his third Twitter Town Hall, #BanTheBoxPDX. He discussed his proposed policy to remove criminal background disclosures from initial job applications, which can reduce recidivism rates and vastly improves former offenders' chances of success once they're out of prison. The live tweet discussion came ahead of a public informational hearing about the "ban the box" idea, at which Mayor Hales directed the City Attorney's Office to begin drafting a policy, and directed his office to form a task force of stakeholders — employers, employees, ex-offenders, organizations that support ex-offenders in finding and keeping work — to inform policy creation.
Good afternoon! Hope you'll join the conv about Ban the Box in PDX - tweet to #BanTheBoxPDX— Charlie Hales (@MayorPDX) March 11, 2015
@PatrickWRollens City led the way removing criminal history from initial apps. Glad that progressive private employers to do the same!— Charlie Hales (@MayorPDX) March 11, 2015
@harreld Cities are now where innovation happens. Sometimes good ideas spread statewide; happening now w/sick leave. Congress? Not so much— Charlie Hales (@MayorPDX) March 11, 2015
#BanTheBoxPDX also a racial justice issue. In Oregon, 43% of black ex-offenders are convicted again within 3 years, compared with 32% white.— Charlie Hales (@MayorPDX) March 11, 2015
Thanks for a lot of support for this good idea. Like these Twitter Town Halls - your idea for the next topic? #TTHpdx— Charlie Hales (@MayorPDX) March 11, 2015