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Maricopa County To Remove Criminal History Question From Job Applications

Maricopa County will soon stop asking job applicants about their criminal convictions.

The state’s most populous county is following the lead of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey who recently directed state agencies to remove questions about criminal history from their job applications.

"When former inmates find good jobs, it makes our economy stronger and our community safer," said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Denny Barney.

Beginning next year, Maricopa County’s policy will eliminate the question in the initial hiring stage, but will still require background investigations later in the process.

The change doesn’t apply to some departments, primarily those dealing with law enforcement.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.