McClinton's expungement clinic aids more than 70 people

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams co-hosted a criminal record expungement clinic on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Francis Myers Recreation Center in Philadelphia.

About 100 local residents attended the event, and assistance in the expungement process was provided to 73 attendees.

"Most people who were charged with some type of crime but never convicted, or found not guilty, are entitled to have their records cleared," McClinton said. "Unfortunately, most people have neither the time, knowledge or experience to deal with the process. That is why these events are so valuable.

"One person whom we assisted spoke of being denied any sustaining employment because of an old charge on his record, even though that case had been previously dismissed.

"The expungement process erases all court records in those types of cases, which can help the person find a good job, or even to volunteer in the local community."

Expungement filing assistance was provided by Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity; The Defenders Association of Philadelphia; Community Legal Services; DiMuzio Zerounian, LLC and Stampone Law.

State Rep. Jordan Harris also attended the event.