Dismas Reentry Program
The Dismas Reentry Program has two major features: Reentry Case Management and Criminal Record Expungement. Case management services are currently available only by referral from a partnering correctional institution.
For more information about either service, contact Kisanna Owens:
About Record Expungement Services
At Catholic Charities, we recognize that employment is the way to self-sufficiency. Too often a main barrier to employment is the presence of a criminal record. Mistakes made in the past can haunt a person for life, at best preventing them from building a full life after prison and at worst forcing them back into criminal activity that leads once again to the corrections system.
For those with eligible records, criminal record expungement can mean a fresh start and the chance to become a self-sufficient and contributing member of society.
Currently, criminal record expungement services are available to residents of the City of Camden only. Services are free for qualifying individuals.
What Crimes are Eligible for Expungement?
Not all crimes are eligible for record expungement. Currently, criminal record expungement is based on three factors: the type of offense, the number of offenses on a person’s record, and the time that has elapsed since the offense occurred. Examples of records that are eligible for expungement are juvenile offenses, municipal ordinance violations if more than two years have passed since the conviction, criminal records where the offender has successfully completed drug court in NJ, and a felony conviction if the offender does not have more than one felony and where more than 10 years have elapsed since completion of probation or release.
Crimes that are not eligible for criminal record expungement include:
• Criminal Homicide (except death by auto)
• Luring or Enticing
• Aggravated Sexual Assault
• Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, Criminal Sexual Contact, Criminal Restraint, False Imprisonment
• Arson and Related Offenses
• Endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct which would impair or corrupt the morals of the child
• Endangering the welfare of a child
• Perjury, False Swearing, conspiracies or attempts to commit such crimes
• Motor vehicle convictions, such as diving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• Convictions for the sale, distribution, or possession of any controlled dangerous substance with intent to sell (other than for less than 25grams of marijuana or 5 grams or less of hashish)*
*Young drug offenders get special consideration for certain convictions