First ever Expungement Day
Posted by Ben McAdams
April 6, 2018
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The first ever
Expungement Day served 73 people to help them erase past criminal records, getting them better access to jobs, housing, and education. Those with a criminal record know that it can make life tough. It follows you around and makes it difficult to find safe housing and a good job. It makes it hard to go back to school or get a loan. The people getting their criminal records expunged are law abiding, tax paying citizens who are trying to move forward, but continue to be held back by their past mistakes.
Costs and complicated court systems prevent some people from getting expungements. With Expungement Day, we help remove these barriers. Almost $20 thousand in private donations will pay for fees, and 40 attorneys volunteered their time and expertise to walk people through the process.
At Expungement Day, I got to meet some of the people this initiative directly benefits. Denette Young has been living with a criminal record for far too long. She has paid her debt to society and now wants access to the same opportunities other law abiding citizens have come to expect. This event is about helping Denette and many people like her, to be self-reliant, get good paying jobs and a safe place to live.
See the Expungement Day fact sheet for more information.
District Attorney Sim Gill, Mayor McAdams and Expungement Day client Denette Young
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