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The Mikva Challenge Juvenile Justice Council Releases Juvenile Records Expungement App

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The Mikva Challenge Juvenile Justice Council (MCJJC) has released a web app that helps Illinois youth shed their juvenile records. The MCJJC has been in existence for 6 months and they are a team of youth that works to help youth with juvenile justice issues. They have met with the Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle about these issues and one of their suggestions was creating an easier process for youth to get past their records and be eligible for employment, education, and housing. The MCJJC worked with Kathy Deng, a coder; Sharlyn Grace, from the Legal Assistance Foundation; Patrick Keenan Devlin, from The Moran Center; and Smart Chicago to create a web app that tells applicants whether or not they are eligible for their youth criminal records to cleared, what is legally referred to as “expungement.” If the applicant is eligible, the app then sends their information to a criminal justice lawyer who looks over their information and gives them a call to complete the legal process. The web app is aptly named Expungio, which is a combination of the word “expunge” and the domain of the website, “.io.” ┬áThis app will help the over 200,000 people affected by juvenile records that serve as barriers to employment.



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