The Criminal Record Expungement Project (C-REP) is dedicated to working with the community to reduce the collateral effects of criminal records. We aim to complete this goal through three main channels: direct representation, advocacy, and public education.
Criminal and arrest records pose an almost insurmountable barrier to securing employment, housing, and public benefits for tens of thousands of Philadelphians, especially among the city’s poor, Black, and Latino populations. Because criminal background checks have become a routine part of the hiring process throughout the United States, an applicant with a criminal record – even a non-conviction arrest record – may find it impossible to obtain meaningful access to employment, housing, and benefits. These background checks are often categorical, making no distinction between felony convictions and misdemeanor arrest records without any resulting conviction.
The Criminal Records Expungement Project connects lawyers and law students directly with affected communities in North and West Philadelphia, processing intake applications and filing petitions to expunge and redact non-conviction data from clients’ criminal records.