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    People with past criminal charges often have difficulty re-entering the workforce and building a better life for their families. Expunging or sealing a record can give people a second chance by removing that employment and housing barrier. Eligible individuals will get that second chance on Saturday, Aug. 25, in Granite City.

simmonspictue lrA scene from last year’s event.    Simmons Hanly Conroy and county agencies will join forces with county agencies will join forces from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Saturday to host “Second Chance Saturday” at the Granite City Township Building, all at no cost to participants. Eligible individuals will be able to expunge or seal criminal records and resolve outstanding traffic warrants, criminal warrants and ordinance violations that occurred in Madison County without concern for arrest.
    The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, Madison County Circuit Clerk, Madison County 3rd Judicial Circuit Court and lawyers from Simmons Hanly Conroy and the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation will be onsite that day to assist individuals. Activities for children, employment assistance and voter registration services will also be available.
    Pre-registration for the event is strongly encouraged. The necessary paperwork is available at www.simmonsfirm.com/2ndchance . Those who do not return it by Aug. 10 will be served on a first come, first served basis. Photo identification is required the day of the event
    Participants will also need to submit a fingerprint criminal history transcript prior to the event. To fulfill this requirement, you can visit a partnering agency to have the requirement completed. The dates, times and locations are located at www.simmonsfirm.com/2ndchance.