Michigan Works! Southwest Expungement Fair to Provide Community Assistance Navigating New “Clean Slate” Process
On April 11, 2021, the State of Michigan put into effect the new expungement law. The “Clean Slate” law was created to eliminate some of the known barriers to getting old misdemeanors and felonies (7 years for misdemeanors, 10 years for felonies) removed from an individual’s criminal record.
Some changes included in Michigan’s new “Clean Slate” law helped create a process to expunge certain marijuana offenses that are no longer considered crimes. The changes also expanded the number of other misdemeanor and felony convictions a person may expunge. The laws state that individuals convicted of up to three felonies, other than some serious felonies or a life offense, may qualify for expungement.
Having a felony on your record can create many barriers for those already living in unstable situations. The new Clean Slate law can create life-changing opportunities for those who struggle with gaining employment, education, housing, and other living necessities because of their criminal background.
To support community members in navigating the Clean Slate process, a group of community agencies are coming together to provide an opportunity for those who can benefit from having their criminal record expunged.
The expungement event will be hosted at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please visit the event page to register.
Prior to the event, virtual information sessions will be available via Zoom on the following dates:
- Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84984452866
- Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81745356602
Attending an information session is not required to attend the event. The information sessions will provide the opportunity to ask questions and gather more information about the expungement process and rules. There are certain cases that will not be eligible for expungement, but individuals are still encouraged to inquire.
We look forward to helping you build a clean slate!