Editorial: Putting lives back on track through expungement

There are so many areas of the criminal justice system that demand fixing. Sometimes the best approach is simply to approach them one at a time and do what we can. Take expungement for example.

It is possible, in some cases, for convictions to be wiped clean and arrests removed from a personal record. But the process can be cumbersome and too many people don’t know how to go about it. This coming Thursday the Urban League of Greater Madison in partnership with Legal Action of Wisconsin, Foley and Lardner and the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers is holding an expungement clinic. Attendees can receive fee background reviews with an attorney, advice on expungement and arrest record clean-up and paperwork help, and job leads and advice on filling out job applications and career training opportunities.

This is a comprehensive approach to putting lives back on track, and it’s a welcome part of the reform we’re looking for.

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