Strickland to host fundraiser to help expunge non-violent criminal records

Strickland to host fundraiser to help expunge non-violent criminal records

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Getting Memphians back to work is one of Mayor Jim Strickland's goals designed to create a better Memphis.

It's why the city is hosting an Expungement Fee Fundraiser to help people remove certain non-violent offenses from their criminal record. 

Currently, people who have one misdemeanor or class E felony conviction can pay a $450 fee five years after all requirements of their sentence have been met to expunge the crime from their record.

The expungement process allows people to have crimes like petty theft, public intoxication, and reckless driving removed from their record.

Strickland said often times that $450 fee serves as a barrier. 

"The DA's office has a hundred people on the waiting list who qualify who can't afford it," Strickland said. "I'm trying to raise money privately, with no
government funds, to help these people expunge their records."

The mayor said this is one of many expungement fundraisers he will host during his time in office. 

The first event happens Monday, March 21, in Overton Square at Hattiloo Theater from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The fundraiser suggests people donate at least $25.

Almost everyone WMC Action News 5 spoke to supports the city's efforts. 

"I kind of agree with giving people a second chance depending on what they did," Manuel Stevenson said.

"I think all non-violent misdemeanors, especially driving without a license, should be expunged especially five years ago so people can get a job," Tim Morgan said.

To donate to the Better Memphis Fund online, click here.

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