Job applications won't ask about crime convictions

Ann Arbor City Council has approved a new hiring policy removing references to past felony convictions from most employment applications for city jobs.

The Ann Arbor News reports exceptions to the change approved unanimously Monday night are for police and fire department applicants.

Council member Jack Eaton, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution establishing the new policy, says a felony conviction shouldn't prevent a person from doing some city jobs. He says he believes the "best anti-crime program is a good job."

Officials say those seeking jobs often feel turned away before they apply when they are required to disclose a felony conviction. Council says a prior criminal conviction won't bar employment unless there's a direct correlation between the conviction and the requirements of the job.