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OUR IMPACT IN BELLE GLADE WAS HUGE!

Our Impact in Belle Glade was Huge

Dozens of service providers came to help hundreds of Glades residents with a variety of issues for Second Chance Month.

Belle Glade, FL (May 6, 2022) –

Florida Justice Center, Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, and Trulieve brought together dozens of community organizations to assist hundreds of residents of the Glades-area of Palm Beach County, an area affected by extreme poverty and disproportionate rates of arrest and conviction. The event, in celebration of Second Chance Month, was hosted in Belle Glade on April 30, 2022 at the Belle Glade Library and Civic Center.

A comprehensive impact report was created that shows the services provided at the event and who was helped. Some highlights from the report:

  • 144 total clients helped:
    • 85% Black, 8% Hispanic/Latinx, 4% white, 3% other
    • 56% female
    • $10,800 median income
    • Age range of 19-73 years old
  • Services provided:
    • 79 sealing and expungement
    • 49 driver license reinstatement
    • 19 fines and fees assistance
    • 15 clemency applications
    • 9 voting rights restoration
    • 68 other issues including child custody, child support, criminal defense, divorce, employment discrimination, government benefits, housing law, immigration, medical cannabis cards, probation issues, and reentry case management.

Organizations that attended to help returning citizens have a second chance at success included Choice to ChangeClinics Can HelpCoca-Cola of FloridaCROS MinistriesFlorida Blue, Florida Rural Legal ServicesThe Glades InitiativeThe Guatemalan-Maya CenterGulfstream GoodwillHealthier Glades, Homeless 2 Homeownership, Justice Impact AllianceLake Okeechobee Rural Health Network, LatinoJustice PRDLEFLeague of Women Voters of Palm Beach CountyLegal Aid Society of Palm Beach CountyThe Lord’s Place, NuAge Medical, Palm Beach Clerk of the Circuit Court and ComptrollerPalm Beach County Reentry Division, PepUp Tech, Re-Entry One, and Young Men of Distinction

Read the full report here:

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Florida Justice Center is the first and only nonprofit legal aid organization authorized by the Florida Supreme Court to provide criminal legal assistance. FLJC is dedicated to reducing incarceration rates in Florida using a holistic approach that combines legal and reentry social services. Helping thousands of people a year, FLJC’s growth is limitless.

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Oakland Park, FL 33334
(954) 758-7555

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(L-R) Giovanni Sairras of Re-Entry One, Steven Mangual of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and Miguel Lopez of Re-Entry One
Palm Beach Clerk of Courts at Belle Glade Second Chance Event
Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts staff assisting a client
Director of Legal Services Alex Saiz on WPTV
Director of Legal Services Alex Saiz discusses Belle Glade Second Chance Event on WPTV NBC-5
Trulieve Tent
Trulieve Tent
Florida Justice Staff with Kelley Burke
Florida Justice Center Staff with Kelley Burke, Chief of Staff to Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay
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Belle Glade Event Overview
Overview of the Belle Glade Library and Civic Center Event Space

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