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Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

Twitter Town Hall 3: Mayor Discusses Citywide 'Ban the Box' Proposal

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.

Twitter Town Hall 1: #pay15

Twitter Town Hall 2: #pdxrides