Clean Slate Clearinghouse helps people clear criminal records

Oct 10, 2017 No Comments by

The Council of State Governments (CSG) has launched the Clean Slate Clearinghouse, a comprehensive online resource with state-by-state information on record clearing procedures, links to application forms and guides, and a directory of pro bono legal service providers. The site aims to provide a user-friendly tool for people with criminal records and non-legal service providers, while also supporting legal professionals engaged in this work and policymakers interested in best practices.

Criminal record clearance removes a person’s criminal history from easy public access, and goes by many names, including sealing, expungement, restricting, deleting, closure, and destruction, among others.

The new clearinghouse is jointly funded by the US Departments of Justice and Labor which recognize that criminal records are a significant barrier to employment, housing, education and other basic components of economic security and mobility, and are committed to removing this obstacle to opportunity. The initiative coincides with growing state-level reform efforts to remove restrictions against people with records when they have remained crime-free and proved their rehabilitation.

The Clean Slate Clearinghouse is a collaboration between the CSG Justice Center, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, the National Juvenile Defender Center, the National Association of Counties, and the National League of Cities.

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