On Saturday, October 1, 2016 many lined up outside the Martin Luther King Senior Community Resources Complex to have their arrest records restricted and to share their hopeful stories on how a past mistake hindered their dream of a better life.
The summit was the vision of Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves and Reverend Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. The two set out to change the lives of many Fulton County residents. The two partnered with members of the criminal justice system to plan and hold the County’s first-ever record restriction/expungement summit.
The summit produced an impressive response from the Fulton County community. Four hundred and fifty-six (456) applications were received; 80 of which were approved to be restricted and sealed; 120 were disqualified and 256 are still pending for further research.
“Many people have made mistakes and deserve a clean slate,” said Eaves. “We are reaching out to those folks who have run into barriers in securing employment, housing and educational opportunities.”
In an effort to keep the promise we made to the citizens of Fulton County, we will continue to pursue full reviews of each application by developing a plan of action that will review each case in its entirety. I am truly thankful for each of you who took time out of your busy schedules to provide the remarkable level of service these citizens needed and deserved. We are thrilled to know that many hardworking and dedicated citizens of Fulton County now have a fresh chance at life.
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