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After a crowd of nearly 800 people showed up to its inaugural Expungement Expo, the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City has expanded its efforts for the second year.

Jabar Shumate, ULOKC VP for Community Convening and Social Justice, Lead Attorney Lorenzo Banks, Judge Cindy Truong, OKC City Councilwomen Nikki Nice, Senator George Young, County Commissioner Carrie Blumert, and Rep. Ajay Pittman celebrating one of the first expungement candidates for completing the expungement process.

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Jabar Shumate, ULOKC VP for Community Convening and Social Justice, Lead Attorney Lorenzo Banks, Judge Cindy Truong, OKC City Councilwomen Nikki Nice, Senator George Young, County Commissioner Carrie Blumert, and Rep. Ajay Pittman celebrating one of the first expungement candidates for completing the expungement process.

After a crowd of nearly 800 people showed up to its inaugural Expungement Expo, the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City has expanded its efforts for the second year.

“Realizing that over 93.5 percent of expungement eligible records remain unsealed in Oklahoma and that African Americans and other minorities represent the largest amount of those with unsealed records, the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City decided to help,” said Vice President of Community Convening and Social Justice Jabar Shumate. “The expungement fair is aimed at providing resources and information to people with nonviolent felony and misdemeanor convictions. Expungement can help people with arrests or aging convictions pass background checks and secure stable housing and employment.”

Last year, 19 had their prior offenses expunged at a ceremony conducted by the presiding judge for Oklahoma County District Court.

Their Young Adult Re-entry Program will have information and resources for those currently or previously involved in the court system. The program affords the opportunity to get a GED, college entry, career training and job placement.

Free COVID-19 vaccines will also be administered.

The expo, which is free and open to the public, is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 at the Urban League campus, 3900 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.

Those who cannot attend can still apply for the program until June 30 through the Urban League’s website if eligibility requirements are met.

This includes people who have previously been acquitted, had cases dismissed before trial and those who have completed their sentences — including deferred ones — are potentially eligible.

An Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation background check — available for $16 through the agency’s website — is required to be mailed or emailed to the Urban League while applying.

Visit urbanleagueok.org or call (405) 424-5243.

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