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Felon arrest records restrictions to public view

Major Sabrina Lewis with the Dougherty county jail Major Sabrina Lewis with the Dougherty county jail

A Criminal record often stands in the way of getting a job. But two community based programs in Albany are helping former offenders transition back into society.

The goal of the Stop the violence and second chance programs is to stop the revolving door of crime.

Dougherty D.A. Gregory Edwards says, "Number one, we want to prevent crime as much as possible. Number two, we want to intervene effectively as law enforcement and criminal justice system for those who still choose to violate and last part is restoration to a person back into our community."

Stop the violence is holding a record restriction forum Monday to help criminal offenders get back into the workforce. Community Activist Emma B. Quimbley says "Some people have had records 20-30 years ago but still not able to get a job because that stuff is still there on their record."

District Attorney Edwards says "Primarily youthful offenders will be the ones who will mostly benefit from information related to this situation."

Major Sabrina Lewis with the Dougherty county jail and part of the Second Chance Program says the Southwest Georgia re-enter Coalition is part of the process.  "That coalition is trying to get employers together so that employers will not be afraid to hire people who have felonies that they will give them a very good look based on their merits and not upon what they have done in the past,"she said.

The arrest record restriction application request is a process. Monday's meeting will help answer questions for former felons and employers.

Stop The Violence T.A.K.I.N.G. A.U.T.H.O.R.I.T.Y. Record Restriction Forum will be Monday January 27th at 7PM at ASU ACAD Auditorium 504 College Drive in Albany.

For more information call 229-436-0009. Second Chance is on the 2nd floor of the post office building in downtown Albany.

You can email them at Albanysecondchance@att.net or call them at 229-883-3440 To get involved in the Career Fair call Chief Parole Officer Leslie Lamb.

Note: Criminal records will not disappear and there are certain requirements. Dougherty County DA Gregory Edwards says every situation will be looked at individually.


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