Merski to host Second Chance Event June 15

Will explain Pa.’s Clean Slate law, pardons, expungement

ERIE, June 6 – Residents with prior nonviolent misdemeanors seeking to reenter the job market will find helpful information at a Second Chance Event co-hosted by state Rep. Bob Merski on Thursday, June 15.

The event – which will feature a discussion on pardons, expungement and the state’s Clean Slate Law – will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ryan Hall’s Waterford Room at Mercyhurst University, 501 E. 38th St. Attendees should enter on Lewis Avenue.

“Pennsylvania has been a leader among the states when it comes to helping people with nonviolent convictions return to the job market,” Merski said. “Several years ago, we enacted a first-of-its-kind Clean Slate law allowing Pennsylvanians with nonviolent misdemeanor convictions to have their records sealed if they make restitution and stay out of trouble for 10 years. And just yesterday, the House passed a bill that, if enacted, would update and expand the law.

“Not every conviction will qualify for clean slate however, which is why it’s important for folks to understand their options. I urge anyone seeking a second chance to visit our event, which will include an in-depth discussion and question-and-answer session on pardons, expungement and the Clean State law.”

Merski is hosting the event in partnership with Mercyhurst University, Northwestern Legal Services, the Erie County Clerk of Courts, the Erie District Attorney’s Office and the Erie Pardon Project.

Merski said anyone with questions should call his office at (814) 455-6319.