Project Clean Slate expungement fair is first step toward a clean record and the ability to get a job
DETROIT, MI – Mayor Mike Duggan’s Office of Workforce Development and Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation are hosting Project Clean Slate, where Detroiters can get their nonviolent criminal backgrounds expunged. The fair is free to residents, and will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Wayne County Community College District, 1001 W. Fort St.
More than 40 lawyers and law students have been recruited to represent eligible applicants in court for free. Residents should bring their photo ID. Full program details can be found at www.detroitmi.gov/projectcleanslate.
“Prior criminal records, even for minor offenses, represent a major barrier to employment for thousands of Detroiters,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “With Detroit’s economy growing, we want every resident who wants to work to have that opportunity. Project Clean Slate was created to help eligible people through the expungement process and get connected with potential employment opportunities.”
For this program, the City has partnered with organizations such as the Detroit Branch NAACP, Lakeshore Legal Aid, Legal Aid and Defender Association, City of Detroit Law Department, LaBelle Law, PLLC, Wayne State University, Returning Citizens Task Force, Detroit Police Department, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, Detroit ID, and others.
- Saturday, June 30th at WCCCD – Downtown Campus from 10 AM – 3 PM
- 40 lawyers & law students to provide free representation for individuals with non-violent criminal backgrounds
- Support services now provided weekly, in addition to quarterly expungement fairs
At the fair, resources will be available to help Detroiters:
- Prepare an application for record expungement
- Get connected with an attorney that can help you through the process
- Find information about jobs available to individuals with criminal background
- Get connected to training programs that are background friendly
- Meet background friendly employers
- Learn about Driver Responsibility Fees
Who Qualifies for a Record Expungement?
- Project Clean Slate is open to City of Detroit residents
- No more than one felony conviction
- No more than two misdemeanor convictions
- No traffic offenses, such as operating while intoxicated
- Must be at least five (5) years since date of conviction, release from incarceration or discharge of probation or parole, whichever occurred last
- Please note that a conviction that was deferred or dismissed due to successful completion of a program will count as a misdemeanor.
Clean Slate services now offered weekly
When it was first created, Project Clean Slate conducted two large Expungement Fairs per year at convenient locations throughout the city. To reach more residents in need of these services, Project Clean Slate now offers four fairs a year and will provide the same services on a weekly basis at locations around the city. Starting July 5th, Project Clean Slate services will be available at Detroit at Work Career Centers every Thursday on a rotating basis at the following locations:
1st Thursday of month – Northwest Activity Center – 18100 Meyers (Lodge Fwy. / Meyers)
2nd and 4th Thursday of month – Samaritan Center – 5555 Conner (I-94 / Conner)
3rd Thursday of month – SER Metro – 9301 Michigan Ave. (Michigan Ave. / Wyoming)
For more information and upcoming dates on future expungement fairs, please visit their website at www.detroitmi.gov/projectcleanslate.