Thursday, August 26, 2010

Let My People Vote Workshop Travels to Dismas Charities Portland

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

The second in a series of  "Let My People Vote" Restoration of Voting Rights and Expungement workshops was held at the Dismas Charities Portland location, 15th & Lytle Streets in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday, August 25th. Men at the transitional facility and community guests asked questions, and obtained applications and materials from presenters Min. Angela Lee Price and Archia Kinnard, Asst. Supervisor, Expungement and Information Processing, Hall of Justice.  

Kentucky and Virginia are the last two remaining states that permanently disenfranchise all people with felony convictions, unless they receive individual, discretionary, executive clemency," states the Brennan Center for Justice on page 4 of an extensive national report, Restoring The Right To Vote released in 2008.   In stark contrast, voting rights are automatically restored in 13 states  including Indiana and the District of Columbia once former felons are released from prison. In two states, Maine and Vermont, even prisoners may vote.  Min. Angela Price read a section of that report and made it available to attendees, along with applications and written testimonies from former felons whose civil rights were restored through the St. Stephen Church Former Felons Advocacy Initiative in partnership with Jesus Saves Ministries.
 
Archia Kinnard, Asst. Supervisor, Expungement and Information Processing, Hall of Justice presented on the District Courts expungement process.  She has handled expungements for 12 of her 16 years at the Hall of Justice.  Kinnard made available applications and materials and explained types of petitions that can be filed and the fees associated with them.  The majority of the cases  involve either misdemeanor or violation convictions petitions or acquittal or dismissal with prejudice petitions. To obtain additional information, go to http://www.courts.ky.gov/.

    


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