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MDCR Director Commends Governor for Leadership in Removing Question on Criminal History for State of Michigan Job Applicants

Arbulu calls on Michigan’s private and public sector employers to follow the Governor’s example in their own hiring processes


September 10, 2018

Lansing, MI--Agustin V. Arbulu, Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, issued the following statement in response to Governor Snyder’s recent Executive Directive that state departments and agencies no longer include a question about an applicant’s criminal history or convictions in a job application or job posting.
“Of all the challenges former prisoners face, securing a job is on the top of list. We commend the governor for taking this bold first step in helping ensure that individuals who have served their time are able to find the employment necessary to achieve stability in their lives and contribute to Michigan’s economy.

Now it is vital that local government and the private sector follow his example and implement ‘ban the box’ directives commonly used in the screening process. Removing this barrier to employment isn’t only of benefit to returning prisoners, it is in the best interest of us all when all people have the opportunity to compete for a job, based on their skills and qualifications, and to provide for themselves and their families.”

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the operational arm of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law. For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to

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