Justice 101 in Alorton

News-DemocratJanuary 16, 2014 

The village of Alorton is hosting its first ever Justice 101 class on Saturday to give residents information on how people are charged in criminal court and how to get their records expunged.

"As leaders, we are committed to the needs of the people and right now this is a critical need," Mayor Joann Reed said. "Clean criminal records will enable people to obtain decent jobs and get more credit opportunities. Alorton citizens need all of the help that is available and accessible."

The panel members who will speak at the event include St. Clair County Circuit Judge Zina Cruse, State's Attorney Brendan Kelly and Circuit Clerk Kahala Clay.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Charlie Coleman Community Center at 4822 McCasland Ave.

For more information on the event call Mecca Foster or Luvina Smith at 271-4586.

Expungement forms will be available for participants, said Reed, who faces charges of felony official misconduct. She is alleged to have smuggled a cellphone into the cell of a female relative at the village police department on charges that she assaulted a pregnant woman.

"We recognize that a majority of our residents do not have computers with internet or printers," Reed said. "Therefore their access to the judicial system is limited and their knowledge of how it operates is limited too."

Seating is limited.

"It is a first come, first served basis," Reed said.

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