A new Pennsylvania law, called Act 5, offers a chance for some people with criminal records to have this information sealed or expunged. This new law is effective as of November 5th of this year. The Philadelphia Bar Association is partnering with other organizations to host a free three-hour clinic for residents who qualify to have their information sealed or expunged.
Imagine that after being convicted of a crime you have done your time, repaid your debt to society and want to start fresh, only to find that despite your best efforts you aren't able to move forward with your life. A conviction on your record can make it difficult to get a job or even find a place to live.