Kathleen Lockwood

  • Hosted by Southern Coalition for Social Justice
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
  • Service location Durham, North Carolina
  • Issue area Criminal Records Relief, Employment
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Kathleen Lockwood works with the Clean Slate Project to provide free representation for community members facing the collateral consequences of their criminal records. In this role, she works with other Project Fellows and volunteers to host quarterly Clean Slate Clinics across the state of North Carolina, determine eligibility for clinic participants and registrants, compile and file all required court documents for relief, represent clients before district and superior court judges, and attend community events to raise consciousness about the collateral consequences of criminal charges, dismissals, and convictions.

This project addresses the racially disparate impact of involvement with the criminal justice system; community barriers to housing, education, and employment opportunities; and the growing justice gap in communities of color.

Fellowship Highlights

During Kathleen’s Fellowship, Kathleen:

  • Provide direct client services (identify clients, provide intake services, determine eligibility, prepare petitions, and go to court to seek appropriate relief for clients)
  • Educate court staff on Clean Slate activities and the legal processes available to help individuals overcome barriers posed by a criminal record
  • Raise consciousness about the collateral consequences of contact with the criminal justice system
  • Follow up with clients and make referrals to agencies that can help them gain employment and access other basic services
  • Implement sustainable change in the North Carolina State judicial system

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