Friday, April 12, 2024

A criminal record can have lifelong consequences

NORFOLK – A criminal record can last a lifetime, even after the debt to society has been paid.

And that’s not a good thing.

A criminal record can prevent someone from not only gaining employment, but also getting access to housing, educational opportunities, bank loans, and public benefits.

These hidden penalties or “collateral consequences” can lead to a lifelong burden on individuals as they try to reenter the mainstream of life.

This will be the topic of the Norfolk Reentry Council’s annual Town Hall on Tuesday. A panel made up of former offenders, representatives from the Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, and the Equal Opportunity Employment Center will take part in the discussions.

The Town Hall begins at 10 a.m. at the Norfolk Workforce Development Center, 201 E. Little Creek Road.

For information, contact Madonna Flores at 757-664-7799 or via email at madonna.flores@norfolk.gov.

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