Record clearance—removing criminal history information from easy public access—may provide people with an opportunity to put their pasts behind them. The Clean Slate Clearinghouse provides people with criminal records, legal service providers, and state policymakers with information on juvenile and adult criminal record clearance policies in all U.S. states and territories. Read More »
Esta Bigler, the director of the Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations School’s Labor and Employment Law program, joins For the Record to discuss her work regarding record clearance as a lawyer, which has ranged from creating educational programming to working on a groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court case.
Storytelling is a vitally important way of delivering information and achieving results. This webinar features presenters who discuss the best ways to empower people who have criminal records to tell their stories and how to use these stories to advocate for policy change. The presentation offers important considerations that help protect the storyteller from harm as well as the chance to hear directly from a storyteller about the benefits of sharing stories. The target audience for this webinar is advocates and lawyers interested in using storytelling to expose an injustice, achieve an advocacy goal, or bring attention to an important cause.
This webinar discusses how reporters can utilize the Clean Slate Clearinghouse to understand the criminal record clearance process in states across the country. The presenters explain how the Clean Slate Clearinghouse works and offer tips to journalists on how to use the site’s searchable database of state criminal record clearance policies to inform their reporting; they also discuss how to effectively report on people who have criminal records and the policies that deal with clearance.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center staff spoke with Peggy Stevenson, the director of the San Jose State University Record Clearance Project in San Jose, California. Since 2008, RCP has trained undergraduate students to assist people with criminal records throughout the expungement process. (Peggy Stevenson: second row, far right)