LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Supporters of Michigan’s recent expungement expansion say getting a criminal record cleared can help people gain housing, go to school, get better employment and lead otherwise fuller lives.
A University of Michigan study in 2020 found that in the year after expungement, a person’s wages improve by about 23%.
But only 6.5% of people who meet the legal requirements for expungement in Michigan get their record cleared in the first five years of eligibility.
Project Clean Slate in Detroit is looking to fix that problem. The project provides free legal help to city residents interested in clearing their records.
In Grand Rapids, the Black and Brown Cannabis Guild hosted its annual expungement fair Saturday, a free event that helps people with prior drug convictions clear their records..
—WOODTV.com staff contributed to this report