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Michigan’s Clean Slate and Expungement Expansion Kickoff

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Six of the seven laws that comprise the Clean Slate legislative package will go into effect on Sunday, April 11. The remaining law — the one that automates expungement in several cases — will take effect by October 2022, but it requires more time to set up the technology to allow computer systems in courts, the state police, the Michigan Department of Corrections and other agencies to communicate with each other.

The agenda includes:

  • Sheena Meade, first managing director of the national Clean Slate Initiative, who will act as emcee
  • Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, who testified in favor of Clean Slate before the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee and co-chair of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration
  • Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, who co-chaired the jails task force with the lieutenant governor
  • Safe & Just Michigan Executive Director John S. Cooper
  • A representative from the city of Detroit’s Project Clean Slate
  • A representative from Legal Aid

The goals of the event are:

-Make people aware of new opportunities to petition for expungement.
-Inform people about new legal resources available, including new forms for expungement petitions, the availability of free and low-cost legal services statewide and how to access those services by phone, chat or email.
-Let people know about planned outreach Safe & Just Michigan and other criminal justice reform advocates will do over the coming year to inform people about Clean Slate and expungement expansion.
-Preview the Clean Slate automatic expungement that will become effective next year.


April 12
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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