LA County Library Helps Individuals Break Barriers to Careers and Education Through Criminal Record Expungement Clinics

In partnership with the Los Angeles County Public Defender, LA County Library Hosts Three Expungement Clinics

LA COUNTY, CA –In an effort to transform lives, LA County Library is joining forces with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office to host three criminal record Expungement Clinics this spring. This collaboration underscores a shared commitment to community empowerment and supporting legal rehabilitation, by offering hope for individuals seeking to clear their records of prior arrests and convictions.

Understanding Expungement:
Expungement offers a legal pathway to either erase or conceal juvenile court records, though law enforcement and certain federal agencies may retain access under specific circumstances. For adults, this process allows for the dismissal of charges, provided that all probation terms have been satisfied, or in special situations, when it aligns with the interests of justice. Expungement can unlock new possibilities in careers, education, housing, and other areas of life by eliminating the obstacles associated with having a criminal record.

“This initiative is a testament to the power of community and legal systems working hand in hand to foster positive change,” said LA County Library Director, Skye Patrick. “We are proud to work alongside the Public Defender’s Office to facilitate these life-changing clinics.”

Nearly 40 people have received help clearing their record at two clinics held thus far, at East Los Angeles Library and Huntington Park Library, and LA County Library hopes to help connect many more at its next three clinics.

Clinic Eligibility and Requirements:
Participants must not be in violation of any law, on parole, or on probation. Attendees are urged to bring pertinent case documents, such as court records and minute orders, to aid the expungement process.

Expungement Clinics Schedule and Locations:
• San Fernando Library: Tuesday, March 26, 2 – 6 pm
• Live Oak Library: Thursday, April 11, 2 – 6 pm
• A C Bilbrew Library: Thursday, May 2, 2 – 6 pm

The clinics will offer guidance in both English and Spanish.

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