LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders, Inc., a non-profit organization, is looking to reverse the cycle of negative outcomes through run-ins with law enforcement.
The non-profit, along with county judges and local attorneys met with community members at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Center to help people learn about the rights they have before, during and after contact with law enforcement.
"You know so many individuals [are] out there that don't know that they can vote or get their voting rights back because they have been to prison," said Darlene Lewis. "And, judges had so much information on how the individual could get their rights back."
This attempt to heighten voter awareness came in the wake of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The community there is predominantly minorities, but police and elected leaders are mostly white.