(Compton, CA) — Crossroads United Methodist Church lead the way for a community collaboration and partnership that helped almost 100 persons start clearing up criminal records. The Compton Church has hosted the Fresh Start Expungment clinic twice in the past couple of years and has made it a core part of its outreach. “This type of community engagement held Saturday is necessary – and it is important that the faith-community lead the way, said Adrienne Zackery, Senior Pastor of Crossroards UMC. “Our vision is to help transform the lives of thousands of formerly incarcerated person in need of a second chance, she said.
Rev. Zackery said the partnership with the City of Compton, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles were critical as they trained volunteer attorneys to assist with the record expungements. She also applauded the collaborative work that involved other ministries like Charles Gibson Ministries and the more than 40 Attorneys and students who came from UC Irvine School of Law.
The day started with a hot breakfast and quickly moved into the business of clearing up Criminal Record Petitions & Prop 47 and Prop 64 applications. There were even live scan opportunities taking place onsite for persons who did not pre-register.
Organizers say another expungement clinic is being planned for June 2017.