ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Sometimes, getting a second chance comes at a high price, but the Second Chance Summit hopes to curb the cost.
Senator Steve Stadelman took to the podium Sunday to announce plans for the event.
The Second Chance Summit gives free legal help to people looking to expunge or seal criminal records.
All in hopes to help people move forward in life, and not let the past mistakes drag them down.
This year the summit is preparing to help even more people than previous summits because of the legalization of recreational marijuana on January 1st.
The new law means 700,000 people, with a record for possession of marijuana, could have their records expunged.
“30 grams or under you’ll be able to get those records expunged automatically. If you had more that 30 grams you can still petition the court,” Stadelman said. “But again this is another opportunity for those who had those past transgressions earlier in life to erase them and try to start anew.”
The deadline to sign up for the free legal help is October 7th, and the summit is on November 1st.
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