For many people, obtaining gainful employment and housing is contingent on their ability to clear their record. Through our Clean Slate Clinics and toolkits- through which we provide direct legal services and other support- we advocate for an accessible expungement process for all.

Our work is informed by the late reentry activist Umar Muhammad who opened every Clean Slate Clinic by stating, “You are not the sum of your worst mistakes.”

Umar Muhammad Clean Slate Toolkit

The Umar Muhammad Clean Slate Toolkit is a free resource providing a step-by-step guide to the expunction process. With a typical criminal record expungement costing between $1,500 and $2,000 in court costs and attorney’s fees, the toolkit is designed to help individuals navigate the process independently, making expunctions easier to obtain for people of color and economically underserved populations.

We dedicate this toolkit to Umar Muhammad who was an upbeat, passionate advocate who committed his life to helping people of color who were impacted by the criminal justice system. He joined Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) in 2014, where he fought against the discrimination of justice-involved individuals. He was a community organizer and leader in All of Us or None, an organization that lifts up the voices of those most affected by mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex. Umar opened every Clean Slate Clinic by stating, “You are not the sum of your worst mistakes.”

Criminal Justice

Re-Entry Resources and Expungements

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice believes no one is the sum of their worst mistakes. Since 2018, we’ve launched a wide-ranging initiative focused on helping individuals with criminal records navigate the re-entry process and ensure their records are expunged so they may economically and socially better their lives. People seeking SCSJ’s re-entry or criminal…

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