WHO WE ARE
We are a Supreme Court-authorized legal aid organization that provides free legal services to low-income people to empower them to get back on their feet after having involvement with the criminal justice system. Our services are unique from other legal aids in Florida as we focus on rights restoration. We are the state leader in voter eligibility verification for people with felony convictions.
WHO WE HELP
This year we will empower OVER 6,000 individuals by helping them achieve a second chance at success. Our clients are 72% Black, 12% white, 10% Hispanic, and 1% Asian. They are 53% female. They have an average income of only $12,800 per year -- well below the $29,598 average income in Miami-Dade County. We help those most in need, those in underserved communities, and those disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system.
WHAT WE DO
We provide the following services to help justice-involved people avoid disenfranchisement and have a better chance at success:
- Voting rights restoration and voting rights eligibility verification
- Sealing and expungement of arrest records
- Probation assistance with early termination and modification of terms of supervision
- Clemency applications for professional licensure, running for public office, firearm rights, and serving on a jury
- Community Second Chance Events in South Florida
- An arrest, even without a conviction, can lower someone's earning potential and employability by up to 50%.
- To qualify for sealing or expungement (arrest record clearing) in Florida, you cannot be convicted of a crime. We help those presumed to be innocent get false charges off their record.
- Voting rights restoration for those with a felony conviction is confusing. We conduct comprehensive checks to help people vote legally. The last thing we want is for someone to register and vote illegally and go back to jail or prison.
- We are non-partisan
To empower individuals by providing legal support, community education, and removing barriers to success caused by the criminal justice system.