Local organizations are teaming up to help young people with a criminal record get better access to housing and employment.
Later this month the Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana and the Housing Authority of Shreveport alongside community partners will hold a free expungement legal clinic and job readiness fair.
Volunteer attorneys will assist participants in starting the process of expunging a record of arrest or conviction, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet job training providers and potential employers.
This event, which is sponsored by the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program, is the third in a series designed to assist youth with their criminal records.
Director of VOTE-Shreveport Curtis Davis said, “A criminal record is the largest obstacle to adequate employment. JRAP’s expungement program helps to level the playing field for people marginalized by minor convictions, which is a benefit for our society as a whole.”
The event will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17 in the Jesse N. Stone building at Southern University at Shreveport on 3050 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.
The event will see up to 100 people, first-come, first-served. Participants are encouraged to bring the court minutes for the case that they seek an expungement.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Juvenile Re-Entry Assistance Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Justice.
HACS is working alongside community partners including the Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana, The Norris Law Group, LLC, The Law Offices of Felicia M. Hamilton, LLC, Voice of the Experienced, the NAACP, and the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Partners may be able to provide supplemental assistance to youth and adults who attend the event.