Get Your Washington D.C. Rap Sheet
Each office has different requirements. For more detailed information on how to get records, come to the Workers’ Rights Clinic – held every Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at Bread for the City NW, 1525 7th St. NW (List begins at 5 p.m.), and one Monday per month from 3-6 p.m. at Bread for the City SE, 1640 Good Hope Rd. SE.
Pardons in the District of Columbia
According to District of Columbia Official Code § 1-307.6, the Mayor has pardon and respite authority in District of Columbia cases. Although the legislative history substantiates this, the Department of Justice interprets this power as a limited one that pertains to the violation of municipal ordinances. The Department of Justice has arrived at this interpretation because of its jurisdiction to prosecute the majority of the criminal cases occurring in the District of Columbia. Additionally, felons who seek pardons do so through the Department of Justice Office of the Pardon Attorney.
Petition for Pardon After Completion of Sentence
U.S. Department of Justice
Ban the Box Legislation
Other Free Legal Resources
Is a Criminal Record Keeping You Unemployed?
Employment Justice Center (2012)
The mission of the D.C. Employment Justice Center is to secure, protect and promote workplace justice in the D.C. metropolitan area.
Neighborhood Legal Services Program provides free civil legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia.
The Public Defenders Service for the District of Columbia provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protects society’s interest in the fair administration of justice.
The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless helps anyone in the District of Columbia who is either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who needs legal assistance.
Unlocking Employment Opportunity for Previously Incarcerated Persons in the District of Columbia
Council for Court Excellence (2011)
Youth Court of the District of Columbia provides first time nonviolent juvenile offenders the opportunity to make better choices, avoid a criminal record, and create a path to success.
U.S. v Hudson and Expungement in the District of Columbia
American University Law Review (1975)
The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to correcting and preventing the conviction of innocent people in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
Report on Racial Disparities in Arrests in the District of Columbia, 2009-2011 was prepared by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs and published July, 2013.
The Collateral Consequences of Arrests and Convictions under D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Law
Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs (2014)
Returning Citizens and Employment
The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) is charged with enforcing the Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014, which aims to prevent unlawful screening of a job applicant’s criminal background. OHR accepts and investigates complaints that allege violations of the law, and when violations are found, penalties can be imposed. All complaints must have occurred on or after the law’s effective date of December 17, 2014. The website includes links to resources for job applicants and employers.