Laurel holds first ever expungement clinic

Laurel holds first ever expungement clinic
Laurel holds expungement event. Photo source WDAM

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The city of Laurel in connection with the Mississippi Center for Justice hosted the event to help give "people a second chance."

Over 100 people showed up to have their minor charges and non-federal crimes expunged from their record. The MCFJ noted that over half of the people who showed up had their paper work sent back to Jackson for further review.

The Mississippi Center for Justice has held three clinics of this kind, but this is the first expungement clinic to take place in the Pine Belt.

Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said that it is important to "give people second chances" because "we've all did things we regret."

Legal fellow Kyra McDonald from the MCFJ expressed her appreciation for the clinic saying "one in three Americans have a criminal record in the United States today, so you can imagine how many that would be in Mississippi. So just to know that you can give back to the community and give back in that way, it's just something special and I'm happy, blessed and privileged to be able to do that."

For more information on the Mississippi Center for Justice, visit www.MScenterforjustice.org