State Rep. Bob Merski is hosting a Second Chance Event for residents with prior nonviolent misdemeanors seeking to reenter the job market. 

The event will be held at Ryan Hall's Waterford Room at Mercyhurst University on Thursday, June 15 from 6 - 8 p.m. 

The event will feature a discussion on pardons, expungement and the state's Clean Slate Law. 

“Pennsylvania has been a leader among the states when it comes to helping people with nonviolent convictions return to the job market,” Merski said. “Several years ago, we enacted a first-of-its-kind Clean Slate law allowing Pennsylvanians with nonviolent misdemeanor convictions to have their records sealed if they make restitution and stay out of trouble for 10 years. And just yesterday, the House passed a bill that, if enacted, would update and expand the law."

The event is being hosted in partnership with Mercyhurst University, Northwestern Legal Services, the Erie County Clerk of Courts, the Erie District Attorney's Office and the Erie Pardon Project.