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Expungement provides Marylanders a clean slate. An individual with criminal charges on his or her record can be prevented from finding employment, public housing, and other government services.
While according to Google Trends, Baltimore City and Maryland rank at the top for searching for expungement services, the online resources are poor. They are either legalistic, dense, and long PDFs; short, unhelpful bullets; or simply legally inaccurate. As more people are turning to the internet and tech for legal assistance, the Advocates for Children and Youth decided to adopt an app idea from Smart Chicago to connect people in need of expungement services and the service itself.
ExpungeMaryland is an app (currently only web-based) that will help people understand if they are eligible to expunge their criminal record through a series of binary questions. If an individual finds that they are able to expunge their criminal record, they will be given a short form to fill out which will be sent to the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer’s Service (MVLS). MVLS will then provide legal assistance to the individual filing for expungement.
ExpungeMaryland was developed by Advocates for Children and Youth with the help of the Office of the Public Defender and University of Maryland School of Law.
The creators of ExpungeMaryland are looking for feedback from the tech community. The developers are calling on the knowledge of civic hackers and the legal and direct services community to help improve ExpungeMaryland through their unique insights and experiences.