Vanderburgh County legal officials were giving a presentation at Ivy Tech to help people jump start the process of expunging their criminal record.
In 2013, a second chance law passed in Indiana allowing people convicted of non-violent felonies, certain misdemeanors and others, a chance to seal their records.
The law only restricts public access to certain criminal records rather than wiping them.
It’s designed to help people move forward and live productive lives.
“To hold these people back because of a criminal record because they’ve gone eight to ten years and haven’t even got a traffic ticket, is ridiculous. So, we make these people productive members of society, they’re paying taxes they’re keeping up their child support, it’s a win-win deal for not just the individual but society.”
Offenses like murder, rape or other serious charges are not eligible.