Polyclinic gives participants a second chance in life

SAGINAW, Mich. (WNEM) – Residents have the opportunity to buy a clean piece of land thanks to the eviction initiative.

“It’s really important that we realize that people make changes in their lives and they’re trying to do better,” said Shanell Boos, from the Peer 360 Recovery Alliance.

Those looking for a second chance in life gathered at the Unified Methodist Church to join the Saginaw Expungement Clinic.

The event hosted by the Peer 360 Recovery Alliance features attorneys who are available to help individuals with criminal records begin the clearing process.

Attorney General Dana Nessel said: “A lot of people have troubled times in their lives, a lot of people make mistakes, but it follows them for the rest of their lives.

Nessel said having a criminal record stifles people trying to do better for themselves, affecting their ability to get good jobs, education and housing even if they haven’t committed a crime in years.

“What we do know is that for people who can get their criminal record cleared within a year, their income can increase by 22%. And that was only the first year. And not only that, it also helps reduce crime because people who get out of prison are less likely to get caught up in the crime again,” Nessel said.

Attorneys were on hand to help people find out if they were eligible to have their records cleared and fill out the paperwork if so.

“We had 18 attorneys volunteered and volunteered their time to help people fill out the paperwork needed for expulsion,” Boos said.

“We have about a million people in the state of Michigan who are now eligible for parole. We want to help as many people as possible and help you get to know them, on your way to a place where you know they will be able to provide for themselves and their families and not be in trouble again,” Nessel said. .

Booing it’s important to walk in clinics like this because it gives people opportunities they might not have due to their criminal record.

“A lot of different areas of your life are hindered by writing down your stuff,” says Boos.

Organizers say if you are not eligible to delete your profile now to check back later as you may be eligible to delete your profile in the future.


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