June 7, 2017

From The Bay State Banner: 

A 21-year-old member of UTEC, advocated for the ability to expunge juvenile records. He said his life took a wrong turn seven years ago, when he was arrested on the verge of a fight as a high school freshman.

Police arrived before the altercation turned physical, he said. He was removed from school and placed into an alternative school, where fights and arrests continued, he said. Now he has learned better and is trying to turn his life around, but his record holds him back, he said.

“What if I wanted to be a foster parent or run a day care?” Alvarez said. “Because of one mistake in my life [I can’t].” Criminal records also can be a barrier to living in public housing, attaining employment and higher education.

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