A criminal record can often prevent people from obtaining employment, secure housing, or qualifying for loans.
News Story (Arkansas)
KUAR (Little Rock, AR)
October 24, 2017
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Tags: Criminal Records, Expungement / Record Sealing
Organizations mentioned/involved: Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS) (Little Rock), Legal Aid of Arkansas (LAA) (Jonesboro, AR)
“We are doing this because we think there is a big community need for it,” says VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Attorney, Kendall Lewellen. “There are a lot of people in central Arkansas and all over the state with old criminal records, especially old nonviolent offenses that get in the way of them getting stable jobs and housing or loans, things they need to get back on their feet.”
Other legal aid programs across the country have been providing such clinics for a while according to Lewellen. There are also other similar clinics in Arkansas run by Legal Aid of Arkansas that help people seal their criminal records.