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Cook County, Ill. Holds Expungement Summit
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By Charlie Ban, Staff Writer, National Association of Counties, County News, June 17, 2013 - Vol. 45 No. 12

A recent criminal records expungement “summit” in Chicago was the ninth such event to date, helping more than 200 area residents to wipe their public records of non-violent offenses and revive their career prospects. Coordinated by Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court, the summit capped a three-day National Association of Counties (NACo) Smart Justice Symposium held June 6–8, 2013, in Chicago. image

The event brought together job seekers who have experienced difficulty getting hired because of a criminal record, 75 volunteer attorneys, seven judges, and a team of other volunteers. Exhibitors from dozens of government agencies and nonprofit organizations also were on hand, as well as several businesses with job openings.

“Some people made a mistake, or they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, or they had a bad lawyer who advised them to take a plea bargain to get something out of the way when they were innocent,” Brown said.

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Posted Fri, Aug 2 2013 8:42 AM by Susan Powell


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