An event this week in Bowling Green is aimed at giving past criminals a second chance while filling a few thousand job vacancies in the region.
An expungement fair will be held Wednesday to help prospective workers with a criminal past wipe the slate clean. The state legislature passed a bill last year allowing Kentuckians convicted of certain felonies, often drug offenses, to have their records expunged.
Robert Boone heads the South Central Workforce Development Board and says a September screening event yielded 28 people considered work-ready.
"A lady came up to me and had tears in her eyes," Boone told WKU Public Radio. "She said 'I'm now a mother and I volunteer in the community, but this mistake I made in my past has been weighing on me for years,' and she felt that it was on the way to being removed and was very thankful for that."