McClinton’s expungement clinic offers second chance to dozens in Phila.

PHILADELPHIA, March 14 – In her ongoing effort to give members of her community a second chance, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, partnered with state Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Phila//Delaware, to hold an expungement clinic.

“I have come across countless people who are constantly looking for a job and eager to buy a home all as a means to adequately provide for their family. However, they run into unnecessary roadblocks because of a minor criminal offense and lose the motivation to succeed,” McClinton said. “This event was part of my ongoing push to spark inspiration and provide these individuals with a fighting chance at a brighter future.”       

More than 70 people received assistance at the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center on Saturday, March 10. Representatives of the Defenders Association of Philadelphia and the Community College of Philadelphia were also on hand to answer questions and provide participants with information about the requirements needed to have a criminal record expunged or sealed from the general public.

McClinton is currently pushing for House Bill 1419, which would give people with misdemeanor nonviolent criminal records the opportunity to have their record sealed from public view. She voted affirmatively this week to advance this “clean slate” legislation to the full House of Representatives.