Over 70 helped at free criminal record expungement clinic

State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., held a free criminal record expungement and sealing clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

“We successfully helped over 70 people start the process of criminal record expungement,” McClinton said. “It is essential that those who have done their time in the criminal justice system get a second chance at a better life. I want to thank Senator Anthony Williams, the lawyers helping here and volunteering their time, and all of our partners for joining us in this effort to get folks back on their feet, and out of the criminal justice system.”

Second chance and job resources were available for all people in attendance.

Those who received assistance met these qualifications:

  • Only Philadelphia County arrests.
  • Non-conviction charges or summary convictions with no arrests in the past five years.
  • No current criminal charges.
  • Not be serving probation time.
  • Some second- and third-degree misdemeanor convictions were sealed if 10 years had passed.

McClinton partnered with Williams, the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Community Legal Services and the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs for this event.

Pennsylvania’s newly expanded Clean Slate law, signed in June, expands criminal record sealing to include more types of offenses, including some first-degree misdemeanors, which can be sealed by filing petitions.