Record Clearance Project



The San José State University (SJSU) Record Clearance Project (RCP) engages undergraduates in assisting eligible people to clear their criminal records.  Begun in January 2008, each semester the work culminates in a court hearing where a judge considers the petitions that SJSU undergraduates prepare on behalf of their clients.


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RCP Fall 2015

A new season begins for the Record Clearance Project in August 2015.  Specific dates and locations will be posted here in coming weeks:

We will be scheduling community presentations to the community in September and October

We will be scheduling Speed Screening rap sheet review interviews in October and November.   For those planning to attend, please get a copy of your rap sheet now so you can benefit from individualized information.


RCP Spring 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

 RCP Fall 2014

RCP By the Numbers 2014:

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Please Help Support the Record Clearance Project

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 alums Alanna, Jen & Brittany welcome clients at Speed Screening

 RCP alumni Alanna, Jen and Brittany return to help at Speed Screening


Some economic benefits of expungement:



RCP in the Media

Check out videos and articles featuring the Record Clearance Project.

College of Applied Sciences and Arts blog (December 2014)

The law of second chances (May 2013)

Record Clearance Project at San José State (November 2012)

County Applauds Partnerships with San Jose University Record Clearance Project (June 2012)

A Day in California Court – Record Clearance (November 2011)

Record Clearance Project Prepares Student for Law School (December 2011)

Santa Clara County program cleared 346 criminal records; now lacks operating funds (December 2010)


The Advance Newsletter

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)


Please contact the SJSU Record Clearance Project at expunge@sjsu.eduor leave a message at (408) 924-2758For additional information, see

SJSU RCP on Twitter   Record Clearance Project on Facebook