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Expungement Intake Clinics

How it Works

PLSE does not take appointments or walk-ins for expungement services. We accept new clients at expungement intake clinics. At the clinic, a PLSE staff member does a presentation on how to clear a criminal record, followed by every attendee discussing with a volunteer one-on-one their specific circumstances. We currently hold clinics in three different locations, they are all listed below with the upcoming clinic dates. Other important information:

  • All of our clinics and services are free if you meet our income guidelines
  • You do not need to register in advance
  • All you need to bring is a valid photo ID and a little patience
  • PLSE is only able to help with adult expungement cases in Philadelphia

1) Eastern State Penitentiary
OCF Coffee House, 2100 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia PA 19130

Next clinic: Wednesday, September 4, 7pm-9pm

Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) is hosting Hidden Lives Illuminated, a special event from August 15-September 12 showcasing animated films by currently-incarcerated artists that will be projected onto the walls of the penitentiary. In honor of the event, PLSE is collaborating with ESP to host an expungement clinic. Registration is NOT required. All you need to bring is a valid photo ID.

2) Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
3509 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Next clinic: Friday, September 6, 2pm-4pm
Following dates: listed below

Join PLSE at one of their oldest clinics in collaboration with Drexel’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. Participants will have the opportunity to sit down with a volunteer law student from Drexel University’s Law School who will review their criminal record and discuss options for clearing it. You do NOT need to register in advance. All you need to bring is a valid photo ID.

Fall 2019
September 6
September 27
October 25
November 15
November 22
Spring 2020
January 31
February 21
March 13
March 27
April 17


3) People’s Emergency Center
3939 Warren St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Next clinic: Saturday, September 21, 12pm-2pm
Following dates: October 19, November 16

PLSE returns to its longest-running clinic location! In collaboration with People’s Emergency Center and Penn Law, PLSE is offering a know-your-rights training on criminal records, pardon information sessions, and one-on-one intakes for expungement with volunteer law students. You do NOT need to register in advance. All you need to bring is a valid photo ID.

Pardon Workshops

Outside Pardon Workshops

Wayne Jacobs, Co-Founder and Executive Director of X-Offenders for Community Empowerment hosts monthly workshops that walk you through the pardon application and explain the full pardon process. Mr. Jacobs hosts two monthly pardon clinics:

  • Every 2nd Monday, 6-8pm @ 2227 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
  • Every 4th Monday, 6-8pm @ 717 E. Chelten Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

For more details, please call 215-668-8477 or email

PLSE Workshops – coming soon!

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) will be holding introductory pardon workshops to provide information on Pennsylvania’s pardon process. Participants will be introduced to the pardon application and given an overview of the full process. We will review eligibility and criteria for a strong application along with tips on how to navigate each step.

If a pardon is not right for you at this time, we will also review other methods of clearing your criminal record and provide tips on how to move forward with your life in the meantime. Participants will also learn about creation, dissemination and destruction of criminal records in general and their rights when it comes to the use of their criminal records. There will be time for a Q&A at the end. Due to limited space, we have capped event registration at 40 participants.