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Groups aim to inform felons of law that protects in job search

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Several Alamance County groups are teaming up to host a community forum informing people of a fairly new state law helping non-violent ex-offenders.

The Certificate of Relief Act, which was passed last December, helps clear the way for housing and employment opportunities that are often difficult to come by for convicted felons.

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On Monday night, the Men’s Empowerment Resource Center in Burlington will host a community forum titled: “A Criminal Record, You and What You Can Do.”  State lawmakers along with representatives from the North Carolina Justice Center and Elon Law School will cover the ins-and-outs of the Certificate of Relief Act in addition to providing more information on expunctions.

“If you’ve been affected by something you did in the past and you’re out here trying to do better, then there may be an avenue out there for you in this forum,” said MERC’s executive director, Tavores Vanhook.

The forum is free and open to the public. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Positive Attitude Youth Center at 229 North Graham-Hopedale Road. You can call (336) 395-8081 to RSVP or get more information.

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