Courageous Conversations, an initiative of Peace4Crawford and the Crawford County System of Care, is starting a Workforce Reentry project.
Its initial goal is to increase awareness of the possibility for many people with legal records to get them “expunged,” or removed. Expungement can lower barriers to employment and housing as individuals seek to move on with their lives.
We seek the help of local offices and organizations in reaching out to those who might benefit. Working with NW Legal Services, we will help individuals determine if they’re eligible for expungement and, if so, go through the process.
Generally, eligibility requires non-felony offenses, an arrest-free period post-conviction, and payment of all fines and costs — but we encourage anyone interested to contact us even if unsure of their eligibility.
Get a Clean Slate in Pennsylvania!
Clean Slate is the first law in the nation to seal certain criminal records from public view through an automated process.
Clean Slate uses technology to seal certain criminal records from public view. Arrest records will be sealed after charges are dropped and some minor conviction records will be sealed after 10 years. Automated sealing began on June 28, 2019. To date, almost 35 million cases have been sealed, without the cost of filing petitions in court. That’s more than half of the charges in the court’s database.
According to a recent study, only 6.5% of people eligible for record clearing filed petitions. Automated sealing addresses this “second chance gap” by sealing records when people don’t have access to lawyers, can’t afford filing fees, or don’t know that their record is eligible.
In addition to pioneering an automated sealing process, Clean Slate also expanded the number of misdemeanor convictions that can be sealed after a petition is filed in court. Sealed records are not available to the public, helping people access employment, housing and education. Clean Slate will allow hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians to move past their old, minor criminal records.
Check out if you are eligible for sealing your criminal record here.