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City Of Wichita Adopts 'Ban The Box'

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Members of the community group Sunflower Community Action have worked with Wichita city councilwoman LaVonta Williams over the past year to "Ban the Box."

The initiative was created to get employers to no longer require that applicants check a box if they have been convicted of a felony on public sector job applications.

The City of Wichita adopted this policy on Thursday.

Councilwoman Williams said the goal of the change was "to help reintegrate people who have felonies and help them make the full transition back into our community as law-abiding, productive citizens."

Ban the Box is a nation-wide campaign, based in San Fransisco.

When she's not out making lattes in her mobile coffee bus Sunflower Espresso, Kate Hutchens is a fill-in host for KMUW. She has worked in broadcast journalism at KFDI, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and at KMUW as Morning Edition host, which she did until March 2017.