Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown will co-host a seminar on Friday, July 20, to provide information for people interested in having their criminal records expunged or sealed, and also on how to seek clemency.
Representatives from Brown's office, legal experts and volunteer attorneys will explain the eligibility requirements to clear a criminal record, and clemency guidelines, and participate in workshops on the application process.
A criminal record, even one with a very minor offense, can stand in the way of a good job and can pose problems when a background check is required for a new job or to take our a loan.
What's more, despite some recent progress, there is still a growing gap between the legal services that low-income people need and the supply of lawyers available to help, The Chicago Reporter reported last year.
"Probably 90 percent of people [with criminal records]... don't know how to have these records removed, and can't hire an attorney because it's too expensive. So, even if one thing is removed from a person's record and that person is able to get a job, then that's great," said Lewis Gainor, a Chicago-area criminal defense attorney, about the seminar.
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