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Second expungement forum to include private consultations with attorneys

IL Staff
September 5, 2013
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A second public forum on Indiana’s new expungement law will include a panel discussion as well as free consultations with attorneys.

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus is sponsoring another forum from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Pike Performing Arts Center, 6701 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis. Organizers said they decided to host a second meeting after the first event in early August drew standing-room crowds.

The panel will discuss and answer questions about Public Law 159-2013 which allows individuals to petition courts to have their past criminal offenses expunged from their records.

“We passed this law to help ex-offenders, but we also realize that this is a complicated procedure and people need help to apply for expungement,” Rep. Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis, stated in a press release. “Some people lost their jobs during the recession, and they have been shut out of the workplace because of crimes for which they have paid their debt to society. This new law helps them apply for jobs and focus on their work history, rather than things that happened in the past that do not reflect who they are today.”

This forum also will have attorneys available to help individuals determine if they qualify to have their old crimes removed from their records.

Organizers are in the process of securing the services of a number of attorneys to provide free consultations. Also, officials from a number of state and private agencies are expected to attend to answer expungement questions. 

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  • Canceled? Rescheduled?
    I attempted to attend the Tuesday, September 17th forum at Pike but no one was there to even unlock the door. Was this event postponed?

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