The Tuscaloosa County Commission has agreed to give $750,000 to a program in Tuscaloosa County that aims to help those with a criminal record get a job.

According to Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Lyn Head the expanded program could be in place as soon as February.

The court deferral program is open to first time, nonviolent offenders 18 and older. The money is used to pay personnel who will monitor those in the program to make sure they are one the right track. Once they complete the program their guilty plea can be set aside and their criminal record expunged making it easier for them to find work.