Free help for low-income Sauk Valley residents looking to clear their criminal records – Shaw Local

Those seeking help clearing their criminal records of old convictions that may be expunged or sealed are invited to attend free one-on-one clinics offered by the nonprofit Prairie State Legal Services.

Prairie State is partnering with the Public Interest Law Initiative’s 14th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee to host one-on-one clinics to help low-income community members who are struggling to find jobs, housing, or opportunities education because of their criminal history.

The 2022 Expungement Clinic will provide free legal representation and counseling to individuals who have committed crimes in Whiteside or Lee counties whose convictions are eligible.

In some cases, for example, marijuana convictions entered before its use became legal may be expunged or removed from a person’s record.

There is no cost to participate, but income guidelines will apply.

Call Prairie State Legal Services at 309-283-3744 and leave a voicemail or go to to register.

Once registered, a Prairie States representative will call you to determine if your conviction is eligible.

Most clinics will be conducted virtually, via phone calls, emails, etc., but in-person meetings with clients will be scheduled as needed.

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