Crime

Wisconsin groups offer free expungement clinic

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - People convicted of low-level offenses in Wisconsin are getting a chance to expunge their record.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the free expungement clinic at the Urban League of Greater Madison will allow those convicted of certain felonies and misdemeanors a chance to clear their records, which can be a roadblock to jobs and housing.

Volunteer attorneys will help people determine if past offenses, such as minor drug possession or forgery, can be removed from public databases.

Wisconsin law allows certain offenses to be expunged if the offender was younger than 25, sentenced before June 30, 2009, and completed their sentence. Expungement must also be ordered at the time of sentencing.

Edward Lee is senior vice president of the Urban League. He says more than 75 people have pre-registered.

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Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org


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