Dawkins helps constituents get a second chance

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., welcomed more than 40 people to his district office for his free pardon and expungement clinic. 

“The pardon and expungement process is not simple or easy to navigate. It’s important that I help provide the people in the community with access to the resources they need to learn more information about pardons and expungements and to see if they may qualify,” Dawkins said. “Expunging or pardoning offenses can be a life-changing process for many, and it can help open many doors for individuals to seek employment and housing.

“I made myself available to answer any questions people may have, and to help direct them onward as they begin the expungement process.”

Dawkins added he is looking forward to hosting similar events in the future.

Criminal record expungement allows a person convicted of a third-degree misdemeanor or a second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed, respectively, since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and request an order for limited access of their criminal record.