Arkansas Bill Helps Former Inmates Turn Their Life Around

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Ar. — Less than a month remains before the start of the next state legislative session.

One bill, in particular, gives new hope to former inmates who are trying to turn their lives around in Arkansas.

Tara Bennett is in the process of having her court records sealed. 

She said finding a place to live was a challenge — she hadn’t counted on when she completed her sentence for drug charges.

“Will y’all rent to a felon?” Bennet said. “And the response is immediately, ‘No.’ It means a lot, especially to somebody who, you know, is needing to get a job, a specific job or needing housing.”

Having a record sealed allows someone with a misdemeanor or a violation to hide it from the public, almost like it never existed. 

A bill that’s been filed would cut two months from the waiting period before a judge can grant the order to seal.

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