A Youth-Created Song About Juvenile Expungement

Posted: October 30, 2011 in criminal record expungement, economic impact of records, Youth Activism

A group of young people from Depaul University created this song to encourage other youth to clear their juvenile criminal records:

made mistakes
feel shame
paid your debt
time to regain
your life, start fresh
interviewing for the job
dressed to impress
with more skill than is needed
but the job goes to Dropout Bob
feel cheated
only to find out it’s your record
holding you back
so you set your fingers on the keyboard
searching the net
for a way to get your record cleared
expungement erases a criminal record?
sounds too good to be true
find out it’s easy if you know how to
just need your arrest record
file a petition, get your reputation restored
$124 per arrest? hard to digest
but fees can be waived
all that’s required is your time and energy
to start a brand new life
before you’re twenty
so there’s no excuse cause now you know
get your record expunged, don’t be a zero

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