Travis County leaders are hosting an Expunction Expo on May 20 to help residents have old arrest records cleared. Expunction is necessary for many individuals with arrest records, even if the case was dismissed, as it can still show up on criminal background checks. Qualified Travis County residents who have been arrested but never charged, have a criminal charge that was dismissed, completed a diversion program, were acquitted of a charge, or were pardoned of a crime by the Texas governor or the president of the United States are eligible to apply for the Expunction Expo. The application deadline is April 7.
Those who pursue expunction tend to have better access to jobs, housing and financial aid for higher education. At the event, Travis County officials are expecting to help over 250 residents clear their criminal records. Since 2020, Travis County has helped 450 people clear 855 criminal records. Staff from employment company Indeed will be at the event to help participants create an account, draft a resume and learn job searching tips.
Travis County District Attorney José Garza said in a news release, “Participants who received help at last year’s expunction expos now have more opportunities for good jobs, access to higher education & better housing, and that makes all of us more safe.”