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Yolo County Manager of Public Affairs
Beth Gabor
625 Court Street, Room 204
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 666-8042
FAX: (530) 669-4029
E-mail: beth.gabor@yolocounty.org

Public Defender’s Record Mitigation & Community Reintegration Clinic Event Offers Legal Services and Information

Post Date:03/05/2014 4:43 PM

Press Release

(Woodland, CA) – The Yolo County Public Defender’s Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic will host a half-day event to help rehabilitated offenders clean up their criminal records and to provide information about available community and government resources. The event will occur on Friday, March 14, 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Yolo County Administration Building, located at 625 Court Street in Woodland.

Individuals with criminal convictions face significant roadblocks to full reintegration into society, such as restricted opportunities for employment and denial of access to social services like public housing and benefits. However, under California law, rehabilitated offenders can petition the court for various forms of relief including dismissals of former convictions (also known as “expungements”) and reduction of certain felony convictions to misdemeanors.

On March 14, Public Defender attorneys and students from the UC Davis School of Law will answer questions about individuals’ eligibility for dismissals and reductions of convictions, and will initiate the process of applying for these remedies where possible. The clinic’s social worker will be on hand to provide information about employment and other services available in the local community.

“This collaborative effort aims to reduce the damaging collateral effects of convictions and to empower individuals to overcome the challenges of reentry,” said Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson.

The event is open to all members of the local community, although record mitigation services are only available to those who seek to clear up Yolo County convictions. It is very helpful, but not necessary, for attendees to bring a current rap sheet and all court documents related to their convictions and to notify the Public Defender’s office of their attendance prior to March 14 at (530) 666-8165.

“We’re hoping to get the word out that second chances exist and that rehabilitation is recognized and valued in Yolo County,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Don Saylor. “This event is a symbol of our commitment to helping as many people get back on their feet as possible.”

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