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Expungement Clinic Sept. 22 at Convention Center
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - With midterm elections fast approaching, did you know that Kentucky is one of only three states in the nation that permanently disenfranchise former felons? But there is a solution for many - expungement.

According to Kentucky Legal Aid, nearly 10 percent of all Kentuckians cannot vote because of a felony conviction. Among the African-American community, over 25 percent can't vote for this reason, and that is the highest rate in the country. The stigma associated with a prior conviction can also put up barriers for anyone trying to get a job, housing, or social services.

However, certain class D felonies and most misdemeanors are eligible for expungement after five years, as long as the person has had no other convictions. In an effort to help, Kentucky Legal Aid and the Kentucky Department of Corrections' Re-entry Services are hosting a free expungement clinic on September 22 at the Julian Carroll Convention Center.

Staff will help provide free record checks and legal advice on expungement availability from 10 am until 2 pm. 

The clinic will also serve as a way for clients to access any ongoing support from Kentucky Legal Aid.

Published 07:18 AM, Sunday Sep. 09, 2018
Updated 02:53 PM, Saturday Sep. 08, 2018

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