Announcing the Clean Slate Clearinghouse
Announcing the #CleanSlate Clearinghouse! This new online resource provides access to state statutory information related to criminal record clearance policies in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Visit www.CleanSlateClearinghouse.org
A new online resource for people with criminal records, reentry and workforce agencies, legal service providers, and policymakers provides access to state statutory information related to criminal record clearance policies in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
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 reentry and workforce agencies with accurate information on record clearance and mitigation, plus 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 effects that may hinder a person’s attempts at gaining employment, housing, and even returning to school. Criminal record clearance enables an eligible person’s criminal history to be removed from easy public access, and potentially removes some of those barriers to success after involvement with the criminal justice system.
The project was further supported by an advisory board of 32 legal professionals, along with key officials from federal agencies — DOL, DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The advisors brought expertise on criminal record clearance processes, how clearance affects commercial background checks and access to public housing, licensing, and fair hiring policies.
The Clean Slate Clearinghouse can be found at CleanSlateClearinghouse.org.