Group teaches felons how to get jobs, clear records

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 10:21 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Dozens attended Tuesday night’s Future for Felons town hall meeting to learn about expungement, sealing criminal records, and finding gainful employment.

Representative Monte Hodges was among those addressing community member’s questions and concerns.

“We don’t want to be soft on crime,” he said. “If you do the crime but the punishment should fit the crime.”

Having a felony can make it harder to get a job. The expungement process usually takes about five years but makes your criminal records not accessible to the public, with exceptions in careers in health, education, and law enforcement.

“There’s a lot of people, as you see, who have made mistakes in the past, but now it’s time for them to get on with their life,” said Evangelist Imevbore Elugbe.

The Future for Felons group says they’ll have a clinic soon with lawyers to help felons file for expungement.

For more on the process, click here.

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