Folks get a second chance to succeed with help from Clean Slate Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE -- Getting a job or even an apartment for someone with a felony record can be difficult. An area organization is helping them get a clean slate.

Clean Slate Milwaukee

Clean Slate Milwaukee

"They just need that opportunity for a second chance that's all people are looking for," said President and CEO of Clean Slate Milwaukee,  Shanyeill McCloud.

Shanyeill McCloud, Executive Director of Clean Slate Milwaukee, helped facilitate the Community Re-entry and Expungement Summit.

"We advocate for people who I acknowledge I've made a mistake, they would never do it again and they just really want an opportunity for a second chance," said McCloud.

Shanyeill McCloud

Shanyeill McCloud

So a variety of vendors from driver's license recovery, to credit card repair and expungement were present. Helpful resources were also available like the Second Chance Job Fair where dozens of employers were on hand giving interviews for open positions.

"I'm really blessed right now because I came up here," said Diante Moore, looking for opportunities.

The event is extremely beneficial for folks like Diante Moore, who is looking for new opportunities.

Diante Moore

Diante Moore

"I came to try to get my background expunged," said Moore.

Currently only certain people can qualify for expungement.

"The law says this whatever happened had to have happened before your 25th birthday you have to be off probation or parole, all your fines, fees and restitution has to be paid back to the state if it's felony it has to be a nonviolent non-sexually violent Class H or I," said McCloud.

Clean Slate Milwaukee

Clean Slate Milwaukee

There's now a push to expand that. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and State Senator Lena Taylor, spoke about some of the problems faced and solutions needed.

Lena Taylor

Lena Taylor

"There is a bipartisan commitment to figure out what we can do different to help people re-enter, be productive and not go back," said Taylor.

"I can get the job I want and provide for the family like I want to. Life changing," said Moore.

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5 comments

  • Huh !

    I didn’t see anything about being a model inmate or getting an education while incarcerated !!!
    All they have to do is say I PROMISE TO BE GOOD …. I could be convinced if they didn’t have a lengthy juvy record as in this was their only criminal offense !

  • confused

    How about first and foremost do not commit a felony. I see nothing wrong with “The law says this whatever happened had to have happened before your 25th birthday you have to be off probation or parole, all your fines, fees and restitution has to be paid back to the state if it’s felony it has to be a nonviolent non-sexually violent Class H or I,” said McCloud. This only makes sense. If you don’t make even an attempt at restitution, and continue to misbehave on parole or probation, you are not worth the risk.

  • Salena Love

    I truly believe that those who have a felony conviction and have not been into any trouble especially over a decade ago, should be eligible for expungment as well. On the other hand, giving people a second chance should also be looked at and considered by the Wisconsin DOT as well. I am a lady who has a felony dated back in 2005. Because of that Felony, the DOT cancelled my school bus endorsement after I’ve already paid for it and I was forced to stop driving for a big school bus company. My felony had nothing to do with the job for which I was hired to do. Nothing relates to it as well. If it had not been for DOT cancelling my school bus endorsement after already driving a school bus for almost 6 months, I would still be working and driving right now. On the other hand, DOT doesn’t want to refund me my money back that I’ve paid to have that school bus endorsement.

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