NAACP will register voters, hold fair to help offenders clear records

The NAACP Gulfport and Biloxi branches are teaming up to prepare voters for the presidential election.

The program will register voters and provide nonpartisan information.

A service and community meeting will be 6 p.m. Friday at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church at 4007 Suzanne Drive in D’Iberville.

The expungement clinic will be one of the key services provided on the third day of the Gulfport-Biloxi NAACP Get Out the Vote and Wellness Fair Crusade. The fair takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gaston Point Community Center, 1505 Mills Ave., Gulfport.

Expungement screenings give former offenders an opportunity to eliminate certain criminal charges from their records.

The NAACP has lined up several lawyers who are volunteering their time to assist residents at the fair. Residents must bring the following items to participate in the clinic: A copy of sentencing order or court abstract; an NCIC printout from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety; and a $166 filing fee for felony charges.

The NCIC request for authorization for a printout can be handled online at www.dps.state.ms.us. For details, call 601-933-2600.

The fees are for the expungement documents to be filed with the court system.

Applicants must not have more than two felony convictions and only one may be expunged. Violent crimes cannot be expunged.

For more information, contact Gary Fredericks, Gulfport NAACP president, at 228-806-7128; James Crowell, Biloxi NAACP oresident, at 228-432-0206; or event chair Valerie Hill at 228-596-1682.