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Agreement Reached in Historic Mass Expungement Lawsuit filed by Atty. Daniel Horwitz!


More than 128,000 Nashville residents stand to benefit from an agreement reached late Wednesday afternoon in a lawsuit that sought to help citizens who were arrested but never convicted of a crime clear their names.  The lawsuit aimed to ease filing requirements for criminal record expungement, which is a legal process that results in a person’s public criminal records being removed and destroyed.  


Among other things, the expungement process allows people who have been wrongfully arrested to avoid being subjected to legalized discrimination in employment, housing, and educational opportunities.  “Consequences for criminal activity should be reserved for those who are guilty,” Davidson County District Attorney General Glenn Funk has explained.  Once an expungement petition has been processed, expunged records no longer appear on a public background check For more info on how to Expunge a Criminal Record Visit: http://expungementnashville.com/

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What is a Felon?


In Tennessee, felonies are crimes punishable by one year or more in state prison. Tennessee lawmakers designate felonies as class A, B, C, D, or E.  Misdemeanors (less serious crimes) are punishable by jail terms of up to 11 months and 29 days. - by Ave Mince-Didier


For more information on misdemeanors in Tennessee, see Tennessee Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences.

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The Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR)


Brief Description: The Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR) is responsible for oversight of prison industries in Tennessee. Manufactured products include office furniture, institutional furniture and bedding, custom wood and metal fabrication, textiles, institutional clothing, license plates, signage, paint, office panel and furniture refurbishing and agricultural products. Services include data processing, printing, janitorial, TennCare Information Line and office relocation. TRICOR offers a life skills program where participants receive training to improve interviewing skills and acquire certificates for completion of training or job achievement.


Tennessee Career Center


Brief Description: Tennessee Career Centers are one-stop career centers operated by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. There are 14 comprehensive career centers located across Tennessee. These centers provide comprehensive employment and training services for job seekers and employers on a regional basis. Each center offers access to a resource room which allows both print and electronic access to relevant information. Computers, telephones and fax machines are provided. Free workshops in areas such as computer training, resume writing, and financial management are also available. Affiliate sites offer basic employment and training services. Access to other services is offered electronically on a limited basis. Local offices can provide one or more services and are able to make electronic referrals. A complete listing of career centers is available on the web site listed below.


Project Return, Inc.


Brief Description: Project Return provides a number of programs that assist individuals with criminal histories. The Jobs & Futures Program is available to any adult who has been incarcerated or is currently incarcerated and is planning for release by providing: life skills and job readiness training; employment placement services; direct aid (bus passes, emergency food boxes); and information and referral to support services, as well as on-going follow-up and job counseling. Pre-Release Activities/Job Readiness Program is an intensive four-week program that prepares inmates for a productive job search. The curriculum includes instruction in the application process, want ads, networking, interviewing skills attitude and job retention. Survival Skills aims to empower clients to effectively manage their family and employment responsibilities. During the 10 three-hour workshops, participants have the opportunity to learn and practice essential skills including money management, problem solving, family development, goal setting and conflict resolution.

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