- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Providence Housing Authority is considering relaxing its rules to allow people previously convicted of violent crimes and drug-related offenses to qualify for public housing.

The Providence Housing Authority held a hearing on Thursday to hear from the public on a plan to eliminate automatic denials of criminal records, among other changes.

WPRI-TV reports that former inmates argued they’d served their time and should be treated fairly when applying to live in apartments.

The proposed changes include the reduction of the agency’s 10-year lookback period to five years since date of conviction for violent criminal or drug-related activity and the elimination of any consideration of misdemeanor crimes.

The agency is scheduled to make a decision on March 23.

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