ReLeSe (Reentry Legal Services) Expungement Clinic

In this by-appointment-only clinic, volunteer lawyers review your criminal history and advise you about whether you are eligible to expunge your New Jersey criminal record.  If your case appears eligible for expungement, VLJ will attempt to find a lawyer to represent you.  To qualify, you must meet our financial guidelines, view an interactive presentation about expungement, and complete an intake application at one of our three referral partner sites.  If you appear eligible for expungement after watching the presentation, you will be given information about getting a recent copy of your criminal case history report (CCH) or “rap sheet.”  There is a fingerprinting charge of $40.70 for the CCH report.  

Contact one of the following referral partners to apply for assistance:

Newark One Stop Career Center
Phone: 973-648-7670
In Person: 990 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Orientation Hours: Monday at 9:00am or 2:30pm; Tuesdays at 9:00am or 2:30pm; Thursdays at 2:30pm

City Hall Office of Reentry
By Phone: 973-733-3747
In Person: 1008 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Essex County Prisoner Reentry and JDRC, Division of Training & Employment
In Person: 50 South Clinton Street, 3rd Floor, East Orange, NJ
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Once you are approved for our services, and you send a copy of your CCH report to VLJ, we will contact you about scheduling you for an appointment at the clinic.  Clinics are held monthly in downtown Newark.