Should Felons be able to obtain a Liquor License?

Our Nation’s capital says yes!  Felons are able to acquire a Liquor License in Washington DC.  In 2004 Antoine Jones applied for a Liquor License and he passed the background check- it is not the District’s policy to conduct a nationwide criminal background check on applicants.  The DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) learned of the record  after a 2005 arrest when federal authorities charged him in a multi-million dollar drug operation.   It is the District’s policy only to conduct a criminal search in the areas that the applicant reports living and the District itself, not nationally, so a charge he has in Arlington went undetected.  ABRA is working on changing their policy to conduct a Nationwide criminal search on all Liquor license applicants.  Read more at


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