June 25, 2019
County Offers Another Expungement Day, Following Success of Last Year
Salt Lake County, UT— In response to numerous requests from Salt Lake County residents, the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office is partnering with the Department of Public Safety and 40 volunteer attorneys from the Utah State Bar, to host a second Expungement Day event. This event is the first in a two-step process to help qualifying individuals legally clear their criminal records.
Expungement Day will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, June 26th at the Utah Law and Justice Center. It will be followed by a second Expungement Day event in October, to help individuals complete the process and obtain orders of expungement from the court.
During Wednesday’s event, volunteers will help dozens of eligible individuals in Salt Lake County for free, thanks to a grant from the Utah Commission of Criminal and Juvenile Justice.
Expungement is a legal process set forth in Utah law. It defines who is, and who is not eligible to clear their court records. Application for expungement must be submitted to the Department of Public Safety and filed with the court.
Data from the Utah Department of Public Safety shows approximately one in four people in our state have a criminal record. “A criminal record creates many barriers for individuals, including an inability to access housing, employment and educational opportunities. The road to self-reliance and independence is often blocked by past crimes that show up in routine background and credit checks,” said Mayor Jenny Wilson.
As part of Operation Rio Grande, Salt Lake County launched its first ever, Expungement Day event in April 2018. The county was able to speak with more than 450 individuals and offer some type of expungement legal assistance to 73 people who attended.
Individuals who participated in a survey about last year’s Expungement Day reported after their record was cleared, they were able to get better jobs, higher wages, promotions and housing. 100% of participants said they felt less stressed, more hopeful and positive about life.
Also, to help with the often complicated and expensive expungement process, Salt Lake County recently added an Expungement Navigator position to the Criminal Justice Advisory Council.
Expungement Day fact sheet attached.
WHO: Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson; District Attorney Sim Gill; Utah State Bar President (Dickson Burton or Heather Farnsworth); Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jess Anderson; Expungement Day clients
WHAT: Expungement Day event – Phase 1
WHEN: Wednesday, June 26
9:30 a.m. (volunteer attorneys training session wrap up followed by 10 a.m. news conference)
WHERE: Utah Law and Justice Center, (Utah State Bar)
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City