About the Clean Slate Clearinghouse

The Clean Slate Clearinghouse—a project funded by, and developed in partnership with, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)—helps support juvenile and adult criminal record clearance around the country by:

  • Providing people with criminal records and non-legal service providers with accurate, up-to-date information on record clearance and mitigation, as well as contact information for legal service providers in all U.S. states and territories;
  • Supporting legal service providers currently engaged in record clearance work and giving new legal service providers the tools and resources they need to develop record clearance programs; and
  • Giving policymakers the information they need to compare their state’s record clearance policies to those of other states and to learn about best practices.

Roughly 70 million adults in the U.S. have a criminal record. Additionally, more than one million youth are charged with crimes and acquire juvenile court records each year. For both adults and juveniles, these records have long-lasting collateral consequences that may hinder their attempts at gaining employment, housing, and even returning to school.

Criminal record clearance enables a person’s criminal history information to be removed from easy public access, most often with the goal of improving employment and other outcomes for the affected person. Criminal record clearance is referred to by various terms in various states: commonly used terms include sealing, expungement, restricting, deleting, closure, and destruction, among others.

The Clean Slate Clearinghouse—which is operated by the American Institutes for Research (AIR)—builds on years of DOL Employment and Training Administration and DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance efforts. The project represents a continued commitment from DOJ to improve employment outcomes for people with criminal records and to meet employers’ needs for qualified workers.

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