Each year, nearly 98k people are added to the millions across Washington State already burdened with a criminal record. The justice-impacted folks will face significant barriers to their day to day life after completing their prison terms.
While the project started in Seattle, we now have volunteers all across the country and the world dedicating time outside of full-time jobs, graduate programs, and busy lives, to help folks clear their criminal records - giving them a fighting chance to escape a life full of poverty, homelessness, and recidivism.
It has a number of steps that require time and know-how, increasing the barrier of entry for applicants.
While hiring an attorney can help simplify the process, it's unaffordable for most.
Free help is sometimes available, but only very rarely and only to a tiny percentage of the folks who need it.