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Can you clean up a criminal record? New Yolo County program helps some who can

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 30, 2013 —

From the County of Yolo

Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson announces the launch of the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic.  The result of a collaboration between the Public Defender’s Office and the University of California, Davis, School of Law, the clinic will help rehabilitated offenders clean up their criminal records to remove barriers to economic stability and avoid recidivism.

TRACIE OLSON Yolo County Public Defender (courtesy  photo)

TRACIE OLSON
Yolo County Public Defender (courtesy photo)

“Individuals with criminal convictions face significant roadblocks to full reintegration into society,” said Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson in a press release.  “Long after probation has ended or a jail term served, the presence of a conviction acts to reduce access to affordable housing, public benefits and student loans, and to severely diminish employment, among other hurdles.  Compounded by the social stigma attached to a criminal record, these collateral consequences threaten to impose a lifetime of disadvantage on ex-offenders.”

California law allows rehabilitated offenders to petition the court to expunge their past convictions, reduce their felony convictions to misdemeanors, earn early termination of probation, or seal their juvenile or arrest records.  Because the law requires that the petition be filed in the county of conviction, the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic is only able to assist individuals who were convicted in Yolo County.  If granted, post-conviction orders mitigate the negative impact of felony and misdemeanor convictions, increasing an individual’s chance to build a productive and stable life.

Working out of the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office, the clinic will also seek to connect ex-offenders with needed civil legal services such as employment or public benefits specialists.

To find out if you qualify for record mitigation services, call Hannah Labaree at (530) 666-8165.

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Hoping it sticks: teens at RCHS get a lesson on safe driving

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 30, 2013 —

By Sarina Phoung and Tommy Rickard
River City High School Journalism Class

National Teen Driver Safety Week kicked off at River City High School last week with a visit from the Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) program, which is an educational program that travels to schools across the nation informing students about safe driving and the consequences of being a distracted driver.

River City’s driver education teacher, Shannon Woods, and her students worked with staff from ITD to host an event to raise awareness about distracted driving.

Leeana Clegg lost her teenage son in a “100 percent preventable” road accident. Last week, she shared her story with River City High School students. Photo by Nadia Benafghoul, River City High School Student

Leeana Clegg lost her teenage son in a “100 percent preventable” road accident. Last week, she shared her story with River City High School students.
Photo by Nadia Benafghoul, River City High School Student

Students who attended the event learned that over 4,000 teens die and half a million injured every year in car accidents. Many of these accidents are caused when the driver is distracted. A cell phone, a passenger, loud music – anything that takes your focus off the road – can be detrimental to your well-being.

In order to enlighten underage drivers on how to avoid possible dangers, ITD encouraged students to be aware of the rules and regulations of the Graduated Driver Licensing program (GDL), which is a three-stage licensing system for future drivers who are under the age of 18. The logic behind the GDL is to allow young drivers to safely gain driving experience before they get full driving privileges.

In California, new drivers under the age of 18 have certain restrictions under the GDL that include being allowed no passengers in their car for the first 12 months.

According to ITD, each passenger in a car increases the risk of an accident by 100 percent. They feel that if more teens knew the dangers of distracted driving, fatalities could possibly decrease.

The RCHS event included  a short film and five stations that involved students interacting with possible threats while driving.

The short film at the beginning of the event detailed the life of 8th grader Hunter Clegg, whose life was cut short after a car accident that led to his death.

The collision occurred when Hunter and friends were distracting their seventeen year old driver, who only had his GDL and was illegally driving with passengers.

One of the speakers who made an appearance at the event was Hunter Clegg’s mother, Leeana Clegg. She spoke about her son’s death and told students, “His death was 100 percent preventable.”

“Simple decisions you make inside a car can change your life forever,” said Clegg.

 

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‘Fairytale Theater’ series begins today

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Fairytale Theater comes to the Black Box Theater in the West Sacramento Community Center (1075 West Capitol Avenue) through the holidays.

Watch “Holka Polka” and journey through a land where witches, wizards and royalty come together to find out who cast the sleeping spell on the prince. Saturdays at noon, Nov. 2 & 16, Dec. 7 & 21, and Jan. 11.

View “Peggy the Pint-Size Pirate” and see if the pirates can keep Peggy from becoming one of them because she’s too small, and see how she fairs against the evil sea monster. Saturdays at noon on Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 4 & 18.

Tickets are $5 from www.westsacfun.org, or from the community center in advance. Tickets will be available at the door if they’re still available.

 

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Write that novel: support group forms this month at West Sac library

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“National Novel Writing Month” (NaNoWriMo) starts Saturday, Nov. 2 in West Sac.

The West Sacramento library branch at 1212 Merkley Avenue will offer dedicated space to writers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you’re invited to a kickoff event from 2 to 4:30: meet other writers, play storytelling games, participate in a character development workshop.

The library will continue to offer dedicated space to writers 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in November.

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