At Repair Now, we believe in forgiveness and we believe power should be held equitably. Mass incarceration has acted as a destructive force for years in the United States. We believe there are better ways to protect public health and safety than cages. We are part of a movement to end mass incarceration and implement alternatives.
We focus on repair. Although nothing will heal the harms of families torn apart and lives lost, we repair what we can. As our brothers, our sisters, our communities, are freed, we do what we can to make them whole. For us, that means helping them keep their past in their past and to protect their power over their future: expungement and voting.
CanIexpunge is an online application that helps people expunge, destroy, or otherwise reduce the negative impacts of criminal records, restore voting rights, and access legal information relating to re-entry, reducing recidivism, and expungement options.
If you are interested in finding out if you can expunge your record, click here.
If you are interested in finding a lawyer who provides expungement or criminal defense services in your area, click here.
Through our CanIvote program, we help people answer the question, "Can I vote, despite having a criminal record?" Most people with criminal records, including most people with felonies, can vote.
If you are interested in finding out more about voter disenfranchisement laws, click here.
Once a person has served their sentence, they need to be able to move on.
Criminal records can be detrimental when applying for jobs or exercising the right to vote,
along with in a variety of other ways.
The US has 5 percent of the world's population, but 25 percent of the worlds prisoners.
Our criminal justice system often does more damage than good.
Most people in jail can legally vote. However, many have no real access to the ballot. We're protecting the rights of this population. Read more...
People are incarcerated at a dizzying rate in the US. We intend to engage in advocacy work
for this community and to share the stories of incarcerated people in the US.
Expungement should be an option far more often than it is.
As we expand, we will actively do outreach to campaigns and legislators about increasing access to expungement.