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Background checks presented in program to allow felons to volunteer in Lynchburg schools


Lynchburg Schools considering to allow non-violent felons to volunteer (File Photo: WSET)
Lynchburg Schools considering to allow non-violent felons to volunteer (File Photo: WSET)
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Whether or not to allow some felons to volunteer at school came up during a School Board meeting on Tuesday.

The Lynchburg City School Board has debated allowing some felons to volunteer at their schools for roughly five years.

Some parents have a criminal record but want to volunteer.

Six of the nine board members voted in favor of changing the policy that bars anyone with a felony record from volunteering at Lynchburg City Schools.

In August, the Equity Task Force for Lynchburg City Schools asked board members to look into a vetting process for applicants with felony convictions on their records.

If this proposal is adopted, there would be a panel that would evaluate people based on things such as the severity of the crime and circumstances surrounding it.

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They presented a new tool with the ability to run background checks on volunteer applications and list all prior offenses of reformed convicts.

The program would not allow felons guilty of crimes like assault or sex crimes to volunteer.

Every volunteer would also have to go through an interview process.

"Why deny parents who paid their debt to society and are doing better and if jobs gave them a second chance why can't we? And I believe in second chances," said volunteer Consuela Mosley.

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The board decided to place a 20-21 school year timeline on the policy and consult a legal professional.

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