Clear My Record: Clearing low-level criminal records
A criminal record makes it difficult to get jobs, housing, and education. ClearMyRecord makes it easier to dismiss or reclassify low-level offenses, giving people a second chance.
One in four people in the U.S. has a conviction or arrest history that could disqualify them from employment, housing, student loans, and social services. In California, the law allows people with past low-level convictions, who have served their time and are working to turn their lives around, to have those convictions cleared from their record or reclassified as a lesser charge.
Despite all the potential benefit, changing your record is not as straightforward as it seems. In fact, only 7 percent of eligible people are able to change their record. Code for America is working in select counties to make it easier.
Clear My Record makes it easy for people to fill out basic information on their computer or phone instead of having to spend 4-6 hours waiting at legal clinics, courts and other government offices to get an application submitted.
Most people with a criminal record have convictions in multiple counties. Before Clear My Record, it would take 3-6 months per county to clear your record. Soon, you will be able to send one application to multiple counties all at once.
After collaborating on a few iterations and working out security needs, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Clean Slate Program has started using the tool. Clear My Record makes it easy for public defenders to process applications.
Since Clear My Record has been active, we have already served hundreds of applicants and aim to help thousands by the end of 2016.