McClinton helps returning citizens get a second chance

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 200 constituents of the 191st Legislative District to the Re-Entry Resource Fair: Pathways to Pardons and Expungement Clinic, co-hosted by state Sen. Anthony Williams and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack.

"This event opened the window of opportunity for those who may have made a mistake years ago as young adults and were still paying for it today. This also helps reduce costs associated with our overburdened criminal justice system," said McClinton.

“The Defender Association of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity provided more than 50 expungements. Many people learned exactly how to apply for a pardon. Others in attendance have family members who are currently incarcerated but needed to learn how to seek commutation. With strong community partnerships and government working together we can empower neighbors to move forward,” McClinton added.

McClinton said she wanted to thank Williams and Stack for co-hosting the event, and resource vendors who provided citizens the information needed to move forward, such as Gateway to Re-Entry, Career Wardrobe, Pennsylvania CareerLink, the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (R.I.S.E.) and JEVS Prison Program.

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