ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (April 6, 2022) — Prairie State Legal Services, Project Now, and the Public Interest Law Initiative’s 14th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee are partnering to offer a 2022 Expungement Clinic in Rock Island County. The Clinic will be held June 6, 2022, 2-7PM, at the Moline Public Library.
Eligible individuals will meet with a pro bono attorney at the Clinic who will assist them with the expungement or sealing process. Expungement or sealing of criminal records is an effective way to improve employment, housing, and educational opportunities for individuals facing barriers as a result of criminal records eligible to be expunged or sealed.
According to Kevin Hempy, Equal Justice Works Fellow with Prairie State Legal Services, studies estimate that as many as one out of every three adults in Illinois has a criminal record of some kind. “These records create barriers to access employment, housing, and educational opportunities for individuals. Expungement and sealing is a way to remove those barriers and give folks a second chance at life. In the past year of doing this work, I have been amazed at the many collateral consequences that individuals with criminal records in Illinois face. Expungement and sealing is a proven way to eliminate many of these barriers and create new opportunities."
All legal services for the 2022 Expungement Clinic will be provided free of charge, but participants will need to meet certain income-eligibility requirements. Additionally, participants will need to provide the sponsor organizations with a copy of their Illinois Access and Review fingerprinting report prior to the Clinic.
Pre-registration for the clinic is required. You may sign up by calling and leaving a voicemail at 309-283-3744 or sign up online at this link. link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdR-ShA-8EI0UTza-K6A_7gMsSdDANE5LjJfKZaL84-TV3JWg/viewform?usp=sf_link.