Clear My Record
Clear My Record – Expungement Project
The Clear My Record project aims to develop a web-based application that allows a person with a criminal conviction to determine if the crime is eligible for expungement and to complete an application for expungement for filing with the court.
Currently, no such system exists and expungements are complicated and cumbersome for those affected, often processed by either hiring a lawyer or through an expungement event hosted by Kansas Legal Service where applicants are given their criminal conviction information and complete their own application using Microsoft Word.
This project builds upon longstanding work and partnership with the UMKC School of Law to build a tool for pro bono lawyers and students as part of a Missouri-focused Expungement Clinic the law school is standing up, and where KC Digital Drive co-hosted an Expungement Day in 2019 that attracted nearly 1,000 people in need of assistance.
The Missouri-focused project has secured significant grant funding that will fund the development of an application over the next three years that is specific to the complicated expungement processes and legislation in Missouri. Our Kansas-based Clear My Record Project is being developed in parallel with the Missouri project.
This project will be working closely with the District Attorney Offices of Wyandotte and Johnson counties to host expungement events, solicit their feedback and input throughout the process, and to promote the expungement app through their offices and probation officers.
Our objective for the tool from the client perspective (i.e. the user experience) include:
- A simple and clear user experience
- Assist applicant to obtain conviction record
- Determine eligibility for expungement