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National Criminal Defense Bar Partners With Community Groups to Offer Marylanders Free Advice on How to Clear Criminal Records – Washington, DC (March 15, 2024)

Washington, DC (March 15, 2024)– The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is partnering with Maryland organizations to offer free advice and resources on how to expunge, clear, or seal eligible criminal records. 

NACDL, the American Job Center, the Maryland Department of Labor, Area Health Education Center West (AHEC West), Healing Allegany, Maryland Legal Aid, United Food & Commerical Workers International Union (UFCW), the Maryland Department of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), Western Maryland Consortium, Allegany Country Department of Social Services, Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC), and the Maryland Office of the Public Defender will host an Allegany County Expungement Clinic on Friday, April 5, from 11am-1pm ET. The clinic will take place at 138 Baltimore St. in Cumberland, Maryland. 


Expungement is the legal process of removing a criminal record, including arrests and convictions, from the public record. However, expungements are often not widely available and are difficult to obtain due to legal, procedural, and financial barriers. 

Expungement laws and processes vary by state and county, which makes clearing criminal records a complex task, generally requiring the assistance of an attorney to help determine eligibility for relief and to navigate the process to seek relief. 

To help mitigate the process, NACDL partners with organizations across the nation to host expungement clinics


The era of mass incarceration and the vast expansion of the nation's criminal legal system over the past 50 years has produced a corresponding increase in the number of people with a criminal record. At the same time, the collateral consequences of conviction have become more severe, more public, and more permanent.  

At a time when nearly one in three U.S. adults – or more than 77 million Americans – have a criminal record, it is crucial to provide the type of post-conviction relief granted through expungement. These individuals have paid their debts to society but are still burdened with the collateral consequences of their convictions. With a criminal record, people are left in a permanent cycle of punishment while trying to navigate a system that constantly denies them access to fundamental rights, such as employment, housing, voting, education, and more. Expungement is essential to remove these barriers so that people who qualify can be offered a meaningful second chance.  


Individuals with criminal records in Maryland are invited to attend the clinic. No registration is required, and the expungement resources and services will be offered for free for people whose criminal records qualify for expungement. People seeking a free evaluation and support in clearing their qualifying criminal records are encouraged to bring their Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) records, if possible. Refreshments and additional resources will be provided. 

Please call the American Job Center at 301-777-1221 or email Cumberland@dllr.state.md.us 

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