Event to help convicts clear their record

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A public defender’s office is helping some convicted criminals wipe their record clean.

The Muskegon County Public Defender’s Office is hosting their second expungement clinic on Saturday at the Muskegon County Public Defenders Training Center located at 133 E. Apple Avenue from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m.

The goal of the event is to help people with a record get jobs, apply for housing, join the military, and/or apply for government aid if needed.

People can only apply if they have one non-violent conviction. Those who have committed a sex crime or violent crime or have been convicted of drunk driving, among other offenses, are not eligible.

Those who want to apply must have been convicted at least 5 years ago with no other crimes since and the judge still has the final say.

“Really the people who we’re looking for are the folks who at age 17 shoplift on a dare, they’re in school and have pot on them, going to college, those are the type of folk for this bill,” said Program Director Fred Johnson. “This is really for their employment, so we’re giving them this one time.”

This marks the second time the Muskegon County Public Defender’s Office has held an event like this. The last time 500 people showed up.

Anyone with questions can contact the Muskegon County Public Defender’s Office at 231.724.6585.

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