FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order on Wednesday that makes it easier for people with a criminal background to apply for state jobs.
The order removes the conviction box on applications for state jobs. Governor Bevin said that the conviction box on applications often unfairly eliminates applicants from getting jobs.
The governor said that background checks will still take place, but that removing that box will allow some felons to get their foot in the door.
Conservative estimates from the National Employment Law Project indicate that nearly 70 million people in the United States have a criminal record of some type. Employment is a key factor in keeping people from reoffending, according to several national studies.
The governor also challenged private companies to consider doing the same thing.