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AG Nessel Joins Local Kalamazoo Expungement Efforts

LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today joined organizers - including the City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Defender, Legal Aid of Western Michigan, Michigan Works! Southwest, Kalamazoo Prosecutor Jeff Getting, local courts and others - to provide residents with resources to expunge their criminal records. 

The event was held at Bronson Park from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to help individuals navigate the state expungement process. More than 100 residents who were screened and registered in advance met with volunteer attorneys from local organizations to pursue expungement of their criminal records.

"I'm thrilled to be here today to support the efforts of local community organizations to assist residents in pursuing expungement of their records," Nessel said. "My department has seen a significant increase in the number of applications submitted for expungement under the law.  I believe our role in reviewing and processing expungement applications is so important because clearing a criminal record can make a real, measurable difference in the life of an individual."   

Michigan's new expungement law - known as the Clean Slate law - took effect on April 11, 2021. The law created a specific process to expunge certain offenses that are no longer crimes in the wake of the passage of Proposal 1 in November 2018 that legalized the possession and use of recreational marijuana for adults in Michigan. Qualifying misdemeanor marijuana convictions may be expunged by individuals who complete a required application process.  

The new expungement law also expands the number of other misdemeanor and felony convictions a person may expunge. An individual convicted of up to three felonies, except life offenses and other serious felonies, and an unlimited number of certain misdemeanors can, with some exceptions, file an application with the convicting court to expunge all his or her convictions. Individuals with more than three felony convictions on their criminal record are not eligible to seek expungements under the new law. 

Information regarding Michigan's Clean Slate law and the expungement process is available via the Department of Attorney General website.