PRESTONSBURG – An new opportunity to help individuals convicted of low-level felonies became available on Friday. The new felony expungement law is the result of House Bill 40 that was passed earlier this year by the General Assembly. The bill allows judges to expunge certain low-level felonies on the condition the individual has abstained from criminal activity for a minimum of five years.
A workshop geared toward helping citizens interested in understanding and starting the felony expungement process will be held Thursday, July 28 at the Perry County Library in Hazard.
“It is extremely hard to get a decent job that pays a living wage when you have to tell that you have a felony on your record,” said Barry Hall of Allen. “Mistakes made years ago do not reflect the person I am today. Having this opportunity to expunge a felony charge off your record is like starting life over. The dark cloud is lifted,”
Molly Green, expungement fellow at the Department of Public Advocacy, has created a website where citizens can find information about the new law. The website is available at www.CleanSlateKentucky.com.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times she can be reached at (606) 886-8506.