the program that offers support and services to the families
of incarcerated individuals, and the experts at Prairie State Legal Services
are offering a special sealing and expungement of cannabis records and
convictions presentation at the McHenry County Board of Health office,
620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake on Saturday, September
3 from 2 to 5 pm. Use the main
entrance at the rear of the building.
the State of Illinois legalized recreational use of cannabis—marijuana—the
Legislature passed an automatic expungement of the records of
those convicted of simple possession of small amounts of the drug. Many others, however, convicted of possession
of larger quantities and/or sale and distribution are required to
actively petition to have their records removed. The standing convictions can have drastic
consequences for seeking employment and housing, passing background
checks, obtaining certain licenses and business permits, obtaining
insurance, and even child custody.
State Legal Services,
400 Russel Court in Woodstock, has developed a special program
to guide and instruct individuals on how to make their appeals. The program is free to the public.
To register for the event visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/39408756517
a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS), expedited the
program for Jail Brakers and in his broader role coordinating criminal
justice system initiatives for Tree of Life.
program is produced in cooperation with New Leaf Illinois, a statewide,
state-funded initiative made up of 20 non-profit organizations
throughout Illinois who provide free legal representation or legal
information to people who want their cannabis convictions off their record.
Brakers is an independent ministry of Tree of Life serving the entire McHenry
County community. Contributions to
support its work can be made by sending a check made out to Tree of Life UU
Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050
with Jail Brakers on the memo line or donate on-line at https://treeoflifeuu.breezechms.com/give/online
and select Jail Brakers from the drop-down menu under “Give to Unpledged
Donations.” The donations are placed in a dedicated fund and not used
for any other purpose. Tree of Life
also donates all the administrative expenses of the program so 100% of
all donations go directly to client assistance.
assistance and information contact James Carpenter at 815 322-3223, e-mail him
or the Facebook