News & Updates

For immediate release: PLSE files first 990, achieves Gold Seal from GuideStar (March 14, 2018)

For immediate release: Renown Philadelphia Artist Russell Craig joins Board of the Criminal Record Expungement Project (March 5, 2018)

PLSE hosts volunteer paralegal and attorney training (January 25, 2018)

PLSE at DC Drug Policy Summit (January 25, 2018)

PLSE announces new leadership (January 15, 2018)

Dozens spend MLK Day looking for a second chance at a clean record by Mensah M. Dean, (January 2018)

PLSE receives a grant from the Philadelphia Bar Foundation (December 20, 2017)

For immediate release: Barra Foundation recognizes PLSE with 2018-2019 Barra Award as an innovator and leader in Philadelphia’s social sector (December 5, 2017)

Inside a Philly criminal record expungement clinic: ‘Freedom is not just freedom’ by Peak Johnson, Billy Penn (July 28, 2017)

PLSE wins Pa Bar Foundation’s prestigious Goffman Award! (May 2, 2017)

For immediate release:  Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will recognize PLSE with 2017 Louis J. Goffman Award (April 26, 2017)

Volunteers help veterans get a clean slate by Cherri Gregg CBS Philly 3 (December 2016)

Local veterans get their criminal records cleaned  by Erin Coleman NBC 10 (December 2016)

Police: Actually, No One Has Been Arrested at the DNC Yet by Holly Otterbein, Reporter Philadelphia Magazine (July 25, 2016).

New allegations, plaintiffs step forward in SEPTA background check violation lawsuit  by Kenneth Hilario, Reporter Philadelphia Business Journal (May 31, 2016).

SEPTA sued over background checks for prospective hires By Bobby Allyn, Reporter NewsWorks (April 27, 2016).

Lawsuit: SEPTA violated laws when conducting criminal background checks by Kenneth Hilario, Reporter Philadelphia Business Journal (April 27, 2016).

SEPTA Applicants Fight To Keep Alive Background Check Suit By Matthew Bultman Law360 (July 25, 2016).

For immediate release: Job Seeker, with the help of PLSE, Settles Criminal Record Discrimination Case, Company Agrees to Nationwide Policy Change by PLSE (Aug. 12, 2015)

These 7 legal hacks are providing greater access to justice by Jason Tashea of the National Expungement Project (May 12, 2015)

PLSE’s work has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NBC 10, Philadelphia Inquirer, Al Jazeera America and the City Paper.

Co-op Puts Lives on Track While Helping to Expunge Records Philadelphia Inquirer | (Dec. 5, 2014)

51 Years Later: Great-Grandmother’s False Philly Arrest Record Finally Expunged | NBC 10 Philadelphia (Dec. 3, 2014)

From Criminal Record to Clean Slate in Philly’s Promise Zone | Al Jazeera America (Nov. 17, 2014)

Finding a Job After Serving Time | The New York Times (Nov. 2, 2014) (op-ed by Ryan Hancock and Benjamin Geffen)

Criminal Record Expungement Clinic Invites Participants to Create Art | Philadelphia City Paper (Oct. 6, 2014)

As Arrest Records Rise, Americans Find Consequences Can Last a Lifetime | Wall Street Journal (Aug. 18, 2014)

Weekend Clinic for Ex-Offenders | NBC Philadelphia, (April 18, 2014)

Sunoco Promises to Stop Violating Law About Job Applicants and Criminal Records | Newsworks (Mar. 28, 2014)

Artful justice, Amid Arresting Art | Daily News (Dec. 5, 2013)

Wine, Cheese, and Lawyers to Help You Clean Up Your Rap Sheet | Mother Jones (Dec. 2, 2013)

Inside Heads and Cells of Juvenile Offenders: New Philly Art Exhibit Showcases and Helps Youth | (Nov. 7, 2013)

More People are Seeking Expungements, but Funding is Scarcer than Ever | Philadelphia City Paper (Sept. 5, 2013)

The Price of a Criminal Record | Axis Philly (Feb 28, 2013)

Keeping Criminal Background Checks in Check  | Legal Intelligencer  (Mar. 23, 2012)

Legal Volunteers Help Those Seeking A Clean Slate and a New Start | Philadelphia Inquirer (Nov. 21, 2011)

Fresh Starts | Grid Magazine (May 2011, page 13)

Volunteer Lawyers Help Expunge Records | WHYY’s Newsworks (Dec. 27, 2010)

A Criminal Past is Often the Present | Philadelphia Weekly (Dec. 22, 2010)

Making a Difference | The Pennsylvania Bar News (featuring Mike Lee)