On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the Shelby County Commission committee voted to advance a proposed ban the box law to the full county commission. If enacted, the proposed ban the box law would prohibit Shelby County employers from inquiring into applicant criminal history on initial employment applications. Instead, applicants would not be required to disclose prior criminal history until after being offered a job.
“Once you commit the crime and do your time, you should be treated as any other person here in this city and county, but oftentimes that’s not the issue,” said ban the box proponent and Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner.
The proposed ban the box law heads to the full county commission for a vote on Monday.