Over 20,000 individuals are imprisoned within South Carolina. While the majority are expected to be free at some point, they will not be free of their criminal records. However having paid for their crimes there are now options to make good their history. Past misdemeanors can blight an individuals life as they try to turn themselves around and integrate back in to society. Past inmates confirm the problems associated with criminal records over their shoulders.

A former parole officer has been responsible for the ground breaking expungement & pardon workshop situated in Myrtle Beach. Curtis Wright was 26 years a parole officer and fully understands how criminal records can blight job opportunities. Along with the probation parole dept and the solicitors office Wright now shows eligible applicants the avenues open to them to wipe criminal records clean.

Should you have to pay for past mistakes forever and perhaps what you did as a misguided teenager. The workshop provides the relevant paperwork for filing in respect of expungement or pardon. The differences are also explained. Not everything disappears with a pardon but it does with an expungement. However for a pardon the legal process states charges can not be annulled once the pardon is effective.

One participant earned herself a masters degree but still has her record over her. After an application in her chosen vocation was stalled despite a pardon. Criminal records are expunged in few cases so background checks still have to be answered as per ‘criminal records’. She saw huge barriers in trying to better her life. A current bill will allow criminals who have been pardoned to have criminal records erased or expunged after 10 years. There is uncertainty, however, over the bill’s future. Workshops are held twice yearly in Georgetown and Horry County. Sponsored by The Neighborhood Services Division of Myrtle Beach. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

• First Offense Misdemeanor Fraudulent Check
• First Offense Simple Marijuana Possession
• Conviction/Sentence must be 5 years old
• Arrest/Conviction within Horry and Georgetown
• Successful Pre-Trial Intervention
• First Offense Conviction in Magistrate or Municipal Court
• Youthful Offender (First Offense)
• Juvenile Offenses
• Failure to Stop (First Offense)

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