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An arrest or conviction should not prevent you from achieving your potential.

And it shouldn’t prevent you from providing for yourself or your family. That’s why The Promise is investing in strategies to remove barriers to employment.
Get your life back after getting a record.
The Promise is partnering with trusted community organizations to expand outreach, run record clearing clinics, and leverage key learnings.
350K+
people in Philadelphia have a record
91%
of people returning from prison come back to low-income neighborhoods
27%
marks the national unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated people which is 5x the national average
22%
is the average increase in wages after someone gets their record sealed