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A New Way of Life Reentry Project runs a monthly Reentry Legal Clinic in partnership with UCLA School of Law, Critical Race Studies Program, between 10 am and 12 pm on the second Saturday of each month, alternating locations between Watts and Long Beach. Call 323-563-3575 to register and for location information. Prepare to bring with you official records (from the clerk’s office at a superior court or the California Department of Justice).

The Reentry Legal Clinic helps people “expunge” their conviction records under Cal. Pen. Code §§ 1203.4 & 1203.4a and screen for potential violations of their employment rights.

In California, “expungement” does not truly expunge one’s conviction record and is more accurately referred to as dismissal. Technically, it sets aside the conviction and dismisses the original charge, but in practice both the original conviction and the fact of the dismissal remain on the person’s public record. However, the dismissal can have a significant impact on the person’s employment rights; therefore, we recommend that everyone pursue expungement where possible.

A person is eligible to dismiss her conviction if she is not currently on probation, on parole, or charged with a new offense. A paritcular conviction is eligible for dismissal if it did not result in actual time served in a state prison.

We welcome volunteers at the Reentry Legal Clinic. Please call 323-563-3575 to inquire about volunteer opportunities and the date for our next volunteer training.