Record Clearance Project
The San José State University Record Clearance Project (RCP) engages undergraduates in assisting eligible people to clear their criminal records. Begun in January 2008, the RCP
* helps people clear criminal records in court
* provides individualized reviews of people's rap sheets at "Speed Screening" drop-in advice sessions, and provides the next steps in clearing the client's record
* gives legal education presentations on expungement law in the community and in Elmwood Jail
* offers a Path to Expungement mentoring program helping people transition from custody to prepare to expunge convictions in court
A new season begins for the Record Clearance Project in late January 2016. Specific dates and locations will be posted here in coming weeks:
We will be scheduling community presentations to the community starting in February 2016.
We will be scheduling Speed Screening rap sheet review interviews in February, April and May, July, October and November. For those planning to attend, please get a copy of your rap sheet now so you can benefit from individualized information.
Also in 2015: An article by RCP Director Peggy Stevenson is published in the Shriver Center's Clearinghouse magazine. Read a copy here: "Expungement A Gateway to Work" (April 14, 2015).
March 26, 2015 article: Columbia Law School students visit the Record Clearance Project for Alternative Spring Break
April 14, 2015 article: Expungement A Gateway to Work
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.)
RCP alumni Alanna, Jen and Brittany return to help at Speed Screening
Some economic benefits of expungement:
In March 2014: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Criminal Record Expungement in Santa Clara County- study by Stanford Public Policy Program
Check out the newsletter from the Record Clearance Project.
Find out if your criminal convictions are eligible to be dismissed at one of our speed screening sessions.
Alternative Spring Break with Columbia Law School
Columbia Law School’s First Spring Break Caravan: Record Clearance Project with San Jose State University(2012)
CONTACT THE RCP