Here’s an opportunity to clear some felony arrests
Robert James | 11/18/2016, 6 a.m.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert James is District Attorney of DeKalb County