Record Clearance Project
- has spoken to nearly 12,000 people - including 3,990 in custody - at presentations regarding expungement law and the employment rights of people with convictions since 2010.
- held over 100 LiveScan fingerprinting sessions providing 800 people with their criminal history reports ("RAP" sheets) enabling them to start the expungement process since March 2017. 77% qualified for free LiveScans, saving at least $30,000 over the cost of commercial services.
- conducted nearly 1700 individual legal advice interviews ("Speed Screenings") to advise each person regarding their next steps in the expungement process since 2010. When a conviction must be dismissed by law, RCP completes the necessary forms on site, saving clients a trip to court.
- filed more than 1575 petitions to dismiss convictions on behalf of over 545 clients with a 99% success rate in court.
- received court decisions removing over $100,000 in court debt on clients' behalf.
- trained more than 600 future lawyers, law enforcement and probation officers. Many Record Clearance Project students take law enforcement and probation jobs, bringing a different perspective on their work. Others consider law school for the first time.
The Record Clearance Project provides:
- Presentations regarding expungement law and employment rights of people with criminal convictions
- LiveScan fingerprinting so people can get a copy of their criminal history report ("RAP sheet")
- “Speed Screening” interviews to review people's RAP sheets and provide one-on-one consultations regarding their next steps in the expungement process
- Representation in court on petitions to dismiss eligible convictions and reduce eligible felonies to misdemeanors in Santa Clara County
- Path to Expungement mentoring program helping people transition from custody to prepare to expunge convictions in court
- Three-unit class on Practical Legal Skills to in-custody students for SJSU credit (not currently offered)
All RCP legal services are free.
Free RAP Sheet Reviews - Learn the next steps to expungement
Please note: Speed Screening interviews are opportunities to have your RAP sheet reviewed.
- Speed Screenings are individual interviews to determine their next steps towards expungement (record clearance).
- Please bring your RAP sheet (criminal history report) or background check report. Learn how to get your RAP sheet.
- Please email us for more information.
All services are free. A voluntary, $10 donation is requested.
If a court hearing is not required, we may be able to complete necessary expungement forms. Court representation takes preparation and is beyond the scope of this event.
Please inform us if a reasonable accommodation for a disability is required.
Free/Low-Cost LiveScan to get your RAP Sheet
At present, RCP is providing free/low cost livescan sessions only through group sessions. If you are a member of a group or organization that would like to schedule a group livescan session please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting a copy of your criminal history report is the first step to clearing your
criminal record. The Department of Justice will mail your LiveScan results to you
in approximately one week. You can bring your RAP sheet to our next speed screening
for a free rap sheet review.
Items to Bring:
Photo Identification: Any Photo Identification. Examples include: CA drivers’ license, CA DMV identification card, out-of-state drivers’ license or other photo identification.
$25 cash (exact change) for the Department of Justice fee.
Proof of Inability to pay. LiveScans are free to those who are unable to pay. You can prove inability to pay by bringing either paystubs or proof of government assistance. Proof of government assistance includes CalWORKS, MediCal, disability insurance, housing assistance, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or unemployment benefits.
*Temporarily on hold currently
The Record Clearance Project relies upon support from donations. To donate, please click here and specify the Record Clearance Project in the "Other Purpose" box.
Or mail a check made out to "The Tower Foundation" to:
The Tower Foundation, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0256. Please note “Record Clearance Project” in the memo line. (The Tower Foundation is SJSU’s auxiliary organization and is a 501c3 accepting philanthropic donations for use at San José State University.)
"When I initially took JS 140, it was because it would take the place of [an internship that] fell through. I was in complete shock when I saw what I was getting myself into. I had no idea that I was going to love the class as much as I did. When I went to my first Speed Screening [advice session] and saw what we were doing for people, that we were giving them some sort of hope for their future, I knew what I wanted to do with mine. Since working with clients, I have decided to pursue law school in hopes to continue to work with expungement." - RCP Student
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