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Solicitor General Keith E. Gammage to Host Record Expungement Event | Print |

Fulton County Solicitor General Keith E. Gammage and a consortium of Georgia Labor Unions, along with community partners will offer criminal record expungements of a person’s arrest history at the “Labor & Government Restorative Justice Freedom Summit.”   The event will be held at the I.B.E.W. Building at 501 Pulliam Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30312 on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.   Free parking is available.

Expungements, also called record restrictions, are a legal process that can clear arrests, charges and minor blemishes from a citizen’s criminal record. One of the biggest impediments to civil rights and employment in our country is a criminal record. In Georgia, it is estimated that 3.8 million people have a criminal history, over one-third of Georgia’s population. Fulton County’s first-ever record restriction summit was held in October, 2016, where seventy-five percent (75%) of those attending had one or all of their arrests cleared from their records.    
“A criminal record can be a major barrier in seeking employment, housing and education”, says Fulton County Solicitor Keith Gammage. “It is more beneficial to us as a society to allow decent citizens the opportunity to work and live productive lives than to be held back by minor, youthful missteps resulting in a misdemeanor arrest.   By clearing your criminal history as much as possible, citizens are granted freedom to seek better opportunities to improve their lives.”    
Those eligible for expungement of their criminal record are individuals arrested but not convicted of a misdemeanor from any Fulton County law enforcement agency.   The process to expunge a charge usually takes in excess of 150 days with much of the process being driven by the individual citizen obtaining key documents from agencies.   Now the process is expedited through this one-day event where citizens will walk away with renewed opportunities in mere hours.   Pre-registration is strongly recommended to avoid long lines and walk-ins are welcomed.
“Our Labor & Government Restorative Justice Freedom Summit is our way of supporting local, state and national efforts to reduce barriers that citizens face when they re-enter society after being arrested. Georgia initiatives like ‘Ban the Box’ and ‘Reentry Reform’ legislation speak to the growing movement to stabilize citizens with criminal histories so that they can become taxpayers instead of tax burdens, recidivism rates decline and citizens live more productive lives”, says State Representative Dewey McClain of District 100 (Lawrenceville-D) and President of the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council.    Event sponsors include the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Georgia Justice Project, Alston & Bird, LLP, Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 3204, Teamsters Local 728, Georgia AFL-CIO, Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).  
On site resources will include an ex-offender job fair and interviews, housing assistance for ex-offenders, free legal advice from Alston & Bird’s volunteer lawyers and voter registration.   For pre-registration and more information, please visit FultonRestorativeJustice.org or call the Solicitor General’s Expungement Division at (404) 612-4803.  
For more information, visit Fulton County’s website at www.fultoncountyga.gov or connect with Fulton County government on Twitter at @FultonInfo or Facebook at @fultoninfo.    

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