Restoration of Rights Project – California Profile

Guide to restoration of rights, pardon, sealing & expungement following a California criminal conviction

Degrees of Freedom: Expanding College Opportunities for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Californians

2015 report by the Renewing Communities Initiative of the The Stanford Criminal Justice Center and the Warren Institute at the UC Berkeley School of Law

A Healthy Balance: Expanding Health Care Job Opportunities for Californians with a Criminal Record While Ensuring Patient Safety and Security  

2015 report by the National Employment Law Project.

Helping Immigrant Clients with Proposition 47 and Other Post-Conviction Legal Options

2015 guide by Californians for Safety and Justice.

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Criminal Record Expungement in Santa Clara County

2014 report by the San Jose State University Record Clearance Project

Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings in California:  A Handbook for Juvenile Law Professionals

2011 report by the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center

Be sure to check for changes in the relevant laws since this resource is fairly dated.


>> Select another state <<


Related blog posts:

  • California set-aside enhances employment prospects (4/3/2017) - Second-chance mechanisms in California are working to increase the employment prospects and earning potential of Californians with criminal records according to a soon-to-be-published study by a team of researchers from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. The study, by Jeffrey Selbin, Justin McCrary & Joshua Epstein, tracked over an eleven-year period the employment status and annual income of 235 Californians who [...]
  • New research report: Four Years of Second Chance Reforms, 2013-2016 (2/8/2017) - Introduction Since 2013, almost every state has taken at least some steps to chip away at the negative effects of a criminal record on an individual’s ability to earn a living, access housing, education and public benefits, and otherwise fully participate in civil society.  It has not been an easy task, in part because of the volume and complexity of [...]
  • Felony Disenfranchisement: Setting the Record Straighter (9/19/2016) - Recently, a woman standing outside of a Berkeley grocery store asked if I wanted to register to vote. I asked her, “Can I vote if I’m on probation?” She looked at me with horror, gripped her clipboard, and physically recoiled from me and the cantaloupe I was holding. Once she regained some composure, she sincerely, confidently, and erroneously informed me [...]
  • Ampersands – Brock Turner & conflicts of justice (6/10/2016) - I recently had the chance to meet with one of the leading international experts on the treatment and punishment of people who have committed sex offenses. I noticed she has a small tattoo of an ampersand on the inside of her wrist. I keep thinking of that ampersand as I read Brock Turner rage memes, which I both hate and [...]
  • The many faces of expungement in America (9/19/2015) - An article from The Marshall Project published on September 17 got us thinking about the elusive term “expungement” and what it really means, both functionally and philosophically.  In “Five Things You Didn’t Know About Clearing Your Record: A primer on the complicated road to expungement,“ Christie Thompson describes an unusual class action lawsuit recently filed by a public-spirited lawyer in a Tennessee county [...]
  • Should a criminal record ruin a career? (3/27/2015) - The Atlantic has published an excellent article about the permanently disabling effects of a criminal record, by two attorneys at the East Bay Community Law Center (Oakland, CA), Sarah Crowley and Alex Bender (an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow).  Haunted by the Past: A Criminal Record Shouldn’t Ruin a Career, March 25, 2015.  The authors argue, based on their experiences [...]
  • Expanding college opportunities for prisoners in California (3/9/2015) - Last week was an exciting one for proponents of the expansion of college opportunities for people who are currently incarcerated or who have criminal records.  Two reports were released that propose strategies to break the cycle of recidivism, promote public safety, and de-escalate mass incarceration by opening up post-secondary educational opportunities.  It is fitting that both reports come at a [...]
  • Uber sued over illegal background checks and employee policies (2/11/2015) - In recent months, heightened attention has been paid to the background check practices of the ride-sharing company Uber. Concerns about the safety of Uber services prompted the District Attorney’s Offices of San Francisco and Los Angeles Counties to file suit last December against Uber for misleading customers about the scope of its driver background checks. As discussed in a previous [...]
  • Expungement resources now online from Papillon Foundation (1/26/2015) - Most people with a criminal record have a general understanding of the value of expunging or sealing their criminal records.  However, figuring out how to actually obtain such relief in a particular jurisdiction, and understanding its specific effects, is not so easy.  The Papillon Foundation aims to change that by offering practical internet-based information about the process for obtaining expungement [...]
  • Jerry Brown takes back a pardon . . . really? (12/31/2014) - Jerry Brown reportedly regretted one of his 105 Christmas Eve pardons, after learning from an LA Times article that the recipient had recently been disciplined by federal financial regulators.  He therefore announced that he was rescinding his grant, claiming that the pardon was not yet final because the Secretary of State had not signed the document evidencing it. This is [...]