Rising Scholars Network Clean Slate Program Kick Off Event
The Contra Costa College Rising Scholars program and other Rising Scholars programs around the state are teaming up with The Access Project, a non-profit legal services organization, to provide clean slate services to our student community. Expunging your record and reducing your felonies, wherever possible, can make a difference when you are applying for jobs, looking for housing, and working to put the justice system behind you.
Through this free program, you’ll be able to get a copy of your record from the Department of Justice (your “RAP sheet”). The Access Project will analyze your RAP to see if you have California convictions that can be expunged, reduced from felonies, or sealed. They will prepare all the necessary forms for you, help you write a personal statement to support your petitions, and even file the papers for you with the court. If applicable, they may also be able to help you find out whether any deportable offenses can be changed and see if you are eligible to terminate sex offender registration.
You do not need to be currently enrolled to join. If you are not sure whether this program can benefit you, there are many new laws that might be able to help you! Please go to AccessProjectCA.org/RSN, click the “Am I Eligible?” button, and take the survey with honest answers. If you are eligible, you will be directed on how to register for the program. You can also check out their FAQs for more information on what Clean Slate can do for you. Please note that they can only help with adult convictions from the State of California (this means no Federal convictions) and are unable to help if you are currently on supervision or dealing with current legal proceedings.
IMPORTANT: To participate, you MUST register by going to AccessProjectCA.org/RSN. Then, attend the kickoff meeting at Contra Costa College, Fireside Hall September 27th 2-5pm. A representative from The Access Project will be here to introduce the program and answer your questions about the program, and a Live Scan operator will be onsite to process your fingerprints so that you can get a copy of your official RAP sheet