City of Detroit: Project Clean Slate

Eliminating barriers to employment

Grantee Cohort Fall 2017

Location Detroit

In 2016, on behalf of the Mayor’s Office, the City of Detroit’s Law Department launched Project Clean Slate to eliminate barriers to employment for Detroiters eligible for expungement (sealing a criminal conviction in the eyes of the law). Project Clean Slate works with partner organizations to provide free legal representation and connections to employment support for Detroit residents with criminal records. Through quarterly open “expungement conferences,” participants undergo an initial screening by volunteer attorneys to determine eligibility, connect with the City’s workforce development team, and receive individual assistance with their expungement applications.

Art for Justice supported a public/private collaboration with the Detroit Mayor’s office to expand expungement of criminal records for thousands of people in Detroit and across the state of Michigan.