|1/14/2019||Prairie State to hold Ready To Work Sealing and Expungement Clinic in Peoria on January 25, 2019
The Peoria office of Prairie State Legal Services, an organization that offers free civil legal services for low-income persons, will hold a Ready To Work Sealing and Expungement Clinic on Friday, January 25, 2019. The Clinic is one of several planned for 2019 to assist Peoria County residents with sealing and expunging criminal records in order to help them obtain jobs.
According to the American Bar Association, more than 48,000 laws nationwide prohibit where someone can work, live, and go to school based on their past criminal records. Such laws impact low-income residents in Peoria County and elsewhere who are trying to gain employment and achieve financial independence and stability.
“We have experienced a growing trend in our office with clients who are unable to achieve their potential and move ahead in their lives because of a past criminal offense,” said Peoria office Managing Attorney Denise Conklin. “The January 25, 2019 Clinic and future clinics are designed to assist clients in accessing sealings and expungements so that they can obtain jobs.”
Clients must register in advance with Prairie State Legal Services to attend a Ready To Work Sealing and Expungement Clinic. No walk-ins will be served. To register, visit Prairie State’s Peoria office at 331 Fulton Street, Suite 600, or call (309) 674-9831 or (800) 322-2280.
Prairie State’s Peoria office serves residents of Fulton, Marshall, Peoria, Stark, and Tazewell Counties.
With 12 office locations serving 36 counties in Northern and Central Illinois, Prairie State Legal Services is a nonprofit organization that ensures equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights. It provides free legal services for low-income persons and those age 60 and over who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them.