A criminal record is a huge barrier to finding stable employment. Students at the Record Clearance Project at San José State University assist eligible people to clear their criminal records.
We talked with Peggy Stevenson, the director of the Record Clearance Project, and Rochelle Rotea, a student in the program, about how the Record Clearance Project works and what the benefits are for its clients. You can also read Peggy Stevenson's Clearinghouse Article on the topic, Expungement: A Gateway to Work.
- John Kane, Record Clearance Project 3/18/14 (6-minute video to encourage people in jail to apply for expungement) (March 18, 2014)
- Record Clearance Project Hearing, May 3, 2012 (2-minute video of clients following their hearing) (July 16, 2013)
- Rochelle Rotea, Record Clearance Project. Changing Lives. One Petition at a Time. (1-minute photo collage of students practicing interviewing) (2014)
- U.S. Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative, Civil Legal Aid Supports Federal Efforts to Help People with Criminal Records Make a Successful Reentry (April 2014)
- U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, Find Grants (April 23, 2015)