The Promise is investing in strategies to remove barriers to employment. Through the Jobs and Opportunity Challenge, we’re partnering with trusted community organizations to expand outreach, run record clearing clinics, and leverage key learnings.
The legal services organizations facilitating the clinics include Community Legal Services (CLS), Defender Association and Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE).
Why this matters
Record Clearing is important to the workforce. Incarceration is shown to limit opportunity and depress hourly wages by approximately 11% and annual earnings by 40%.
For more than 300,000 Philadelphians with a conviction, their record is preventing their ability to provide for themselves and their families. Studies have shown that within one year of a person getting their record sealed, their wages go up by over 22% primarily from new employment opportunities. Source: Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, 2011
A conviction should not be a life sentence to poverty.