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2nd Street Second Chances program providing walk-in hours for legal assistance

PITTSFIELD — 2nd Street Second Chances will be offering weekly walk-in hours for formerly incarcerated persons from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning on Thursday. The program is located at 264 Second St. in Pittsfield.

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The free sessions will provide formerly incarcerated persons advice on the following topics:

• How to appropriately interact with law enforcement to avoid escalation.

• What information about a criminal record must be shared with prospective employers.

• What information about a person’s criminal history is required to be disclosed to a landlord.

• Whether a criminal record may be sealed or expunged.

• The impact of criminal records on securing affordable housing and/or employment, and whether Community Legal Aid (CLA) can be of assistance

CLA provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of Central and Western Massachusetts. Information: communitylegal.org.

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