Juvenile Justice Records and Expungement
Cabrini Green Legal Aid – Chicago, Illinois
- Grant Program: GrantsPlus
- Amount of Grant: $50,000
- Dates of Grant Term: January 2018 – January 2020
Despite misconceptions, over 95.5% of juvenile arrests nationwide are for nonviolent offenses, and for the majority of juveniles, this arrest marks their only formal interaction with law enforcement. Rather than becoming dangerous or habitual offenders, most arrested juveniles make a single youthful mistake. And yet, every one of these individuals has a juvenile record – regardless of whether they ever end up being found guilty or even formally charged with committing a juvenile offense. Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) aims to build the capacity of its Emerging Adults Program by providing high quality and comprehensive legal services to young people who are negatively impacted by the criminal justice system and are experiencing barriers to employment, education, and housing as a result of an arrest or incarceration. CGLA’s goal is to ensure that youth are able to achieve long-term positive outcomes by increasing access to criminal records relief and by removing the direct and collateral consequences that impede one’s ability to become a contributing member of society.