TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! FELONY FORGIVENESS: "BAN-THE-BOX" MOVEMENT COMING TO KANSAS CITY!!!
Kansas City is soon to consider creating more jobs for felons.
To wit . . .
THE "BAN-THE-BOX" MOVEMENT HAS ARRIVED IN KANSAS CITY!!!
Previously, we've noted the clandestine effort to help out felons from City Hall. Now, it's no longer clandestine.
Social media explains the meme better than anybody else . . .
"Ban the Box. The "box" refers to the box on a job application that candidates must check it if they've ever been convicted, or in some cases, arrested for a crime."
This note comes our way courtesy of THE PROFESSOR . . . One of the smartest and most AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS out there . . .
"The Public Safety Committee of the Kansas City, Missouri city council will be taking up the ban the box ordinance next Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. on the 26th Floor in City Hall. I would request that as many people show up as possible. If you know anyone who wishes to testify, please let me know as soon as possible to help coordinate, organize and prepare witnesses."
There are certainly two sides to this issue . . . Some forgiveness for people who have served their time is in order. After all, we are in the "era of mass incarceration" and people who have served their time should be allowed an opportunity to earn a living.
Then again . . .
THERE ARE A FEW KANSAS CITY FELONS WHO ARE POLITICALLY CONNECTED AND WAITING TO ENJOY EVEN MORE PERKS FROM CITY HALL . . . I DON'T REALLY SEE A RUSH TO HELP THEM OUT!!!
Then again, there are also people with criminal records who have a great deal to contribute to the political discourse and they're some of the brightest and most community minded people I know.
This one is difficult and there's no easy answer . . .
What's important to realize that there is IN FACT a very real downside to this legislation . . . First and foremost, it seems to negate the efforts of those workers in the marketplace who have never been convicted of anything.
Once again it's an opportunity vs. fairness debate in Kansas City - So I'm expecting that we'll get it completely wrong.
DEVELOPING . . .