The Expungement Clinic

A Fresh Start

A criminal record triggers an avalanche of collateral damage in the lives of the District's most vulnerable. It's a powerful, albeit overlooked, driver of entrenched poverty, chronic homelessness, and crime. Many residents burdened with criminal records have never been convicted of a crime. And arrests, even those resulting in non-convictions, appear on a criminal record unless otherwise expunged, a potentially expensive and lengthy process. In 2017, our expungement attorneys helped 310 clients in their journeys to expunge stigmatizing charges from their records and get on the road to quality employment and a better quality of life.

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LSIC's supervising attorney Adrian Madsen speaking on the expungement clinic and all that it does in the District.