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The state’s move was recommended by Deal’s criminal justice reform council in January 2014. That council said job applicants should be given the opportunity to discuss their “unique circumstances” in face-to-face interviews with potential employers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported at the time.
Amy Henderson, spokeswoman of the Georgia Municipal Association, said even cities without such an ordinance may not ask criminal background questions right away.
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According to the NELP study, South Fulton joins Atlanta, Albany, Augusta and Columbus as the only cities in Georgia with a "Ban the Box" law. Fulton, Cherokee and Macon-Bibb counties have passed similar versions.
Baker said the city also plans to work with Fulton County Solicitor Keith Gammage and offer several events helping people expunge their arrest history from their record.
“We have to get our people back to work,” Baker said.
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