The National Expungement Project. is a Maryland-based effort to guide people with a criminal record through an eligibility check (can I expunge my record) and then direct them to how they can follow through on this procedure (where can I find good — and maybe even free — legal help?). Right now, there is a Beta version of a Maryland-based version (ExpungeMaryland.org) and there are plans for more states’ versions.
The project is run by two JD/technologists based in Baltimore — Jon Tippens & Jason Tashea. Their vision:
In search of a better way, we created ExpungeMaryland.org for a local non-profit. It’s a web app that connects people who need an expungement with volunteer lawyers.
Since creating ExpungeMaryland, bar associations, legal service providers, and even a state supreme court have asked us about using tech to improve access to expungement in their states. Our experience building ExpungeMaryland and other projects makes us adept at scaling this project nationally.
Our vision is to bring expungement apps to 25 states by partnering with local stakeholders. This will capture 80 percent of the U.S. population, and 75 percent of its annual arrests. We will also make the code available to any other states interested in replicating the project.
Here are the interface flows —