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Effort to “ban the box” to help felons get a second chance delayed

Shelby County Commissioners will vote at their next meeting July 27

MEMPHIS, Tennessee —

Monday night, Shelby County commissioners did not approve the “ban the box” ordinance, which is an initiative that makes it easier for convicted felons to get a second chance.

Instead, the commission approved an amendment which would give businesses incentives to remove the box asking applicants whether they've been convicted of a felony.

The final vote now moves to the next commission meeting on July 27. The ordinance will need a two-thirds majority to pass.

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