Expungement Clinics

Criminal records can have significant collateral consequences, for decades after a conviction, that affect virtually every aspect of a person’s life including employment and licensing, education, public benefits, voting rights and even volunteer opportunities. Expungement offers an opportunity for individuals to receive a meaningful second chance. Learn more about NACDL’s expungement clinics below.

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The Issue

Expungement is the legal process of removing a criminal record, including arrests and convictions, from the public record. However, expungements are often not widely available and are difficult to obtain due to legal, procedural, and financial barriers.

Expungement laws and processes vary by state and county, which makes clearing criminal records a complex task, generally requiring the assistance of an attorney to help determine eligibility for relief and to navigate the process to obtain relief.

To help mitigate the process, NACDL partners with organizations across the nation to host expungement clinics.

Allegany County Expungement Clinic

Through the Allegany County Expungement Clinic on September 30th, NACDL, the American Job Center, Western Maryland Consortium, Maryland Legal Aid, Area Health Education Center West (AHEC West), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC), and Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) offered over 60 individuals pro bono  expungement services and resources. Expungement is an essential but difficult to navigate post-conviction relief process that helps remove barriers to meaningful second chances. We would like to thank our partners and everyone who showed up to make this day possible!

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