Now is a good time to seal, expunge, or otherwise clean up criminal records in preparation for more stringent benefits laws and federal programs, though that process differs by location.


A criminal record can impact your right to vote. See the ACLU’s State Criminal Re-enfranchisement Laws Map to understand conditions in your state.


In northern California, Code for America has a service to help: Clear My Record—Get help clearing your criminal record in San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties.

In Illinois, use Expunge.io to erase your Illinois juvenile record.

In Louisiana, the Clean Jacket app helps you quickly determine if you are eligible for a criminal record expungement in Louisiana and refers you to attorneys who can help.

In Maryland, now under development is ExpungeMaryland, a project to help you determine if your record can be expunged.