TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! IMPORTANT PUSHBACK ON CONTROVERSIAL "BAN THE BOX" KANSAS CITY FELONY FORGIVENESS CITY COUNCIL EFFORT!!!
The AWESOME TKC BLOG COMMUNITY broke news on the Kansas City felony forgiveness effort weeks ago and updated with more specific info this week.
Now, Councilman Jermaine Reed wants to make life easier for felons applying for jobs at City Hall.
However . . .
TAKE A LOOK AT AN IMPORTANT PERSPECTIVE FROM KANSAS CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COUNCIL REP. THOMAS ALBER WHO MAKES A STRONG CASE AGAINST THE "BAN THE BOX" EFFORT!!!
Remember that we've talked to Chief Alber before and he's rather progressive when it comes to community policing efforts.
More background . . . Chief Alber even has an action figure designed in his likeness:
But for reals . . . Chief Alber makes some IMPORTANT POINTS regarding public safety and liability that haven't been part of this discussion so far.
It's important to take note of this ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE regarding Kansas City "Ban The Box" felony forgiveness that's gaining momentum in Kansas City.
From Thomas R. Alber
There is proposed legislation from 3rd District Councilman Jermaine Reed called “Ban the Box” you may find disturbing and it is gaining support form other council members!
I believe a blanket policy to “not ask about previous criminal history” places citizens, the community and the city at risk.
Can you imagine the outcome of a lawsuit if a known and/or convicted offender was sent by the city (or city organization) somewhere and they victimized a person on city time or if they met a victim through the course of their work?
A blanket policy such as this is not good business and fails the “common sense” test at every level. I do not believe that a conviction should be an automatic disqualifier to employment however; a multitude of factors must be examined such as; the nature of the offense, the time from conviction and the nature of the position. All of these should be scrutinized on a case-by-case basis. I believe a blanket policy to “just not ask” in some cases be considered “negligent hiring practice”
Please see: Negligent Hiring, Negligent Retention, Supervision and Training, Negligent Entrustment and Vicarious Liability
I am not opposed to giving someone a second chance and we should probably not be concerned with the person convicted of joy riding in 1968 however, these issues would be properly addressed in departmental hiring policy, job requirements, and job descriptions not legislative action.
Thomas R. Alber
SW Regional Representative
Kansas City Neighborhood Advisory Council