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Charlottesville tosses application felony question

Tuesday - 3/25/2014, 9:32am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- People seeking city jobs in Charlottesville no longer have to reveal on their applications whether they've been convicted of a felony.

The city has removed a question about prior felony convictions from its job applications.

Mayor Satyendra Huja tells media outlets that the question could discourage some ex-offenders from applying for a job with the city. He says the city is committed to giving ex-offenders a second chance.

The city will continue to conduct background checks for criminal history prior to making an offer of employment.

State-mandated hiring restrictions remain in place for positions in social services and the police department.

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