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 10am and 12pm on the second Saturday of each month at WLCAC Bradley Multipurpose Center, located on 10957 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA. Call 323-357-8431 to register. Prepare to bring with you official records (from the clerk’s office at a superior court or the California Department of Justice).
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 323-357-8431 to inquire about volunteer opportunities and the date for our next volunteer training.