How qualifying Detroiters can get their criminal records expunged
(FOX 2) - Having a criminal record can hold you back in life, but Detroit residents are getting an opportunity to have a clean record.
Project Clean Slate helps Detroit residents get their criminal records expunged, allowing them to connect with better opportunities, including a new job, more education and housing.
Detroit's expungement fair is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Butzel Recreation Center, 7737 Kercheval Street in Detroit. Licensed attorneys and other volunteers will meet with applicants to determine if they qualify.
"They take you step-by-step, and they are with you all the way through," said Kevin White, who had his record expunged. "A lot of people don't know the resources that are out there. But once they know that it's out there, and it's attainable, then they are able to go and get it."
At the fair, you can prepare an application for record expungement, get connected with an attorney that can help you through the process, find information about ex-offender jobs available, and find information about job readiness programs and workforce development.
The program is free to Detroit residents who qualify. Bring a valid photo ID, and any information or legal documentation regarding your offenses, discharged and program participation.
You can also volunteer or offer your legal services.
Click here for more information, such as eligibility requirements.
Anyone who is not a Detroit resident can click the link above for information on how to obtain an expungement with the assistance of Michigan legal help.