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Expungement Clinic at Area Church Offers Chance at New Life

LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2017 — To help community members gain access to housing and jobs, Crossroads United Methodist Church will host a legal clinic that will help expunge criminal convictions.

The clinic will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 at 2354 N. Wilmington Ave. in Compton.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles attorneys will provide legal services to the clinic’s participants. Visitors to the clinic can speak with an attorney regarding criminal record expungement petitions, Prop 47 petitions or Prop 64 applications.

“When an individual wants to move on from past mistakes, he may not get the opportunity, because a criminal conviction creates a barrier to getting a better job or getting access to housing,” said Yolanda Arias, Economic Stability Managing Attorney at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.

“The Expungement Clinic hosted by Crossroads United Methodist Church was created to invite and welcome all people into an unconditional place of hope,” said Crossroads Pastor Adrienne Zackery. “The clinic provides an opportunity of hope for healing, wholeness and a fresh start through Jesus Christ. The outcome of the Expungement Clinic has positively impacted over 100 individuals by assisting them to get jobs, find housing and increase their self-esteem and self-confidence.”

During clinics in 2016, dozens of individuals were helped with their expungement and Prop 47 petitions.

To participate in the clinic, residents must first register and get pre-screened. The registration deadline is Friday, June 16. To register, call 310-639-3136 or visit freshstartexpungement2017.eventbrite.com.