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Here’s an opportunity to clear some felony arrests

Robert James | 11/18/2016, 6 a.m.
Having a criminal record makes finding a job more difficult. But if you’re able to clear that blemish from your ...
“Having a criminal record, however, makes finding a job more difficult. But if you’re able to clear that blemish from your record, your chances of finding work – or perhaps finding a better job – are greatly improved.” Robert James

Unemployment and underemployment are significant contributors to crime in DeKalb County. Helping people of working age find adequate employment goes a long way toward preventing crime.

Having a criminal record, however, makes finding a job more difficult.

But if you’re able to clear that blemish from your record, your chances of finding work – or perhaps finding a better job – are greatly improved.

This is why I am creating an opportunity for qualifying individuals with DeKalb County felony arrest records to have their records cleared.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the District Attorney’s Office will host DeKalb County Record Expungement Day at the DeKalb Courthouse, 556 N. McDonough Street, Decatur, GA.

A state law in 2013 made it easier to expunge – or restrict – the arrest records of people who have had brushes with the law.

In particular, if you were arrested for a felony by DeKalb County Police or the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, but weren't convicted, you could be eligible for expungement.

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Robert James

All we ask is that you bring a certified copy of your Case Disposition, which is available from the DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk, and a driver’s license or state ID.

Sometimes, a second chance is all a person needs to improve their lives. And where we can, our office wants to be a spring-board to redemption and better opportunities.

So we will have organizations working with DeKalb Workforce Development on-site to provide career information, as well as volunteers to help prepare individuals to earn their GED.

I have spent my career as District Attorney fighting crime. It has been proven that people who are gainfully employed are less likely to commit crime.

And I believe that helping people to eliminate a significant obstacle to employment – or to better employment – is a large step towards reducing crime.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to start over and clean your record.

For more information, please call 404-371-2770 or email expungement@dekalbcountyga.gov.

Robert James is District Attorney of DeKalb County