#ReentryWeek at South Carolina Legal Services

Posted on April 20, 2016

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The U.S. Justice Department has declared April 24-30, 2016 to be National Reentry Week. As the Department of Justice has noted, addressing the challenges that formerly incarcerated individuals experience is a vital and pressing task. Each year, more than 600,000 individuals return to our neighborhoods after serving time in federal and state prisons, and another 11.4 million individuals cycle through local jails. Nearly a quarter of Americans has had some sort of encounter with the criminal justice system–mostly for relatively minor, non-violent offenses, and sometimes from decades in the past. But whether an arrest occurred recently or long ago, individuals with criminal records, and particularly recently-incarcerated individuals, face serious and complex obstacles to successful reentry. The long-term impact of a criminal record prevents many motivated people from obtaining employment, housing, higher education, and credit–and these barriers affect returning individuals even if they have turned their lives around and are unlikely to reoffend. Ultimately, these barriers can contribute to a cycle of incarceration that makes it difficult for even the most well-intentioned individuals to stay on the right path and stay out of the criminal justice system.

South Carolina Legal Services is doing our part to help formerly incarcerated South Carolinians rise above their criminal records. SCLS regularly conducts community events to help persons with criminal records to learn about their legal options, such as expungement and pardon. We have ten free events scheduled in eight different counties throughout the state for National Reentry Week so that we can help people get back to work in order to support themselves and their families.

Friday, April 22
11:00 a.m. – Criminal Record Clinic, Berkeley Prosperity Center, 325 East Main St., Moncks Corner, SC. Register by calling (843) 761-6033.
2:00 a.m. – Criminal Record Clinic, Dorchester Prosperity Center, 222 Old Trolley Rd., Summerville, SC. Register by calling (843) 282-6294.

Monday, April 25
10:00 a.m. – Criminal Record Clinic, Goodwill, 4708 Sunset Blvd, Lexington. No reservations required. Call (803) 799-9668 for more information.
1:00 p.m. – Reentry Fair, Manning Pre-Release Center, Columbia, SC. For inmates only.
6:00 p.m. – NAACP Criminal Record Panel Discussion, C.C. Woodson Community Center, 210 Bomar Ave., Spartanburg, SC. Call 864-599-0511 for more information.

Tuesday, April 26
11:00 a.m. – Criminal Record Clinic for Veterans, Fast Forward Community Technology Center, 3223 Devine St, Columbia, SC. No reservations needed. Call (803) 343-2577 for more information.

Wednesday, April 27
8:00 a.m. – Criminal Record Clinic, Greenville Rescue Mission, Miracle Hill Ministries, 575 W. Washington St., Greenville, SC, 29201. Call (864-242-6933) for more information.
9:00 a.m. – Veterans’ Reentry Clinic, Charleston Detention Center. For inmates only.

Thursday, April 28
2:00 p.m. – Criminal Record Clinic, Clemson Extension Office, 116 Columbia St., Chester, SC. Register by calling (803) 327-9001.

Tuesday, May 3
6:00 p.m. – Criminal Record Clinic, Chapin Library, 400 14th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC. No reservations needed. Call (843) 381-8182 for more information.

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