DANVILLE – Danville Restoring Our Community is registering people for the 2nd Annual Vermilion County Sealing and Expungement Summit.
The summit will be Sept. 7 at Bremer Workforce Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St.
Danville Restoring Our Community (D-ROC) President Breon Boyd said people can go to www.d-roc.org and follow the expungement and sealing tab to get registered. A link also can be found on the D-ROC Danville Restoring our Community Facebook page. The link to register will close on June 30.
Steps: register by June 30; get fingerprints done by July 15; receive a letter in August for appointment time; meet with an attorney on Sept. 7 (free).
Participants can go to Bushuebackgroundscreening.com for fingerprint appointments. The cost is $20, which will be refunded by D-ROC if participants complete the process on Sept. 7.
D-ROC also is having its third annual neighborhood cookout from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 at Garfield Park. It’s free for the back-to-school bash. There will be food, games, music, book bags and more.
D-ROC formed in 2016 to combat violence in the Vermilion County area.
Boyd said one of the things brought up to help adults was an expungement program where people have felonies on their record and can’t find employment. Expungement is where the record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is sealed or erased through the legal process.
Boyd has noted that offenders whose cases are expunged or sealed have a higher likelihood of finding employment.
“People are not working. They have too much time on their hands …,” Boyd has said.
Boyd said the non-profit organization can start helping adults, in certain cases, and get them working.
Boyd became involved with D-ROC through working with youth through her church and volunteering and helping where she can in the community.