PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield, in a joint effort with the City of Elizabeth, will host an information session for individuals who have been charged with a criminal violation that was subsequently dismissed in court.
Facilitators Akil Roper, Chief Counsel, Reentry, Legal Services of New Jersey, and Leonard Grayson, Reentry Coordinator for the City of Elizabeth, will explain how this process works at information sessions that will take place in Plainfield and Elizabeth.
Prior to the May 2017 expungement sessions that were held, Donna Morris, City of Plainfield, Community Development, said, "Many individuals, after having their charges dismissed, believe their records reflect that dismissal. Under past New Jersey law, a dismissal must be requested through an application process. If not, when background checks are initiated by potential employers, they will still see the charge itself, which can lead to potential biases on the part of the employer."
There are two opportunities to learn more. The first session will take place on Oct. 18th at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Avenue in Plainfield from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. For more information, call Community Development at 908-753-3377.
The second session will take place at the Elizabeth Public Library on Oct. 19th at 11 South Broad Street in Elizabeth from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. For more information, call the Reentry Program, 908-820-4052.