Criminal records—even very old and minor ones—can create huge barriers for people trying to find safe housing, good employment, and move forward with their lives. Although Utah has a legal expungement process, that process is so costly, time-consuming, and complicated, that more than 90% of people eligible to clear their records haven’t made it through the process.
Utah’s Clean Slate law is estimated to clear over 400,000 historical criminal records automatically, and is projected to effect hundreds of thousands of criminal records into the future. However, the law has no direct notification requirement, meaning individuals whose records are automatically cleared will not receive notice that their record has been cleared.
The mission of Clean Slate Utah is to help people clear their criminal records and access opportunity. We will do this by:
Destiny Garcia is a mother, an advocate, and a woman in recovery. As someone who has gone through expungement, Destiny knows first-hand how difficult the process can be and the barriers that a criminal record can have on people. Destiny is passionate about living recovery loudly and her story has reached the halls of Congress as well as national and international media. She hopes that her story can bring awareness not just to substance use disorder, but to the benefits of programs like expungement. Destiny is committed to increasing awareness of Utah’s transformative Law among individuals with records and advocating for the national extension of the policy.
Sydni has been a fierce activist and a long-standing community organizer focused on civil rights, criminal justice reform, prisoners’ rights, racial justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, and civil rights within the k-12 environment. She has worked with the ACLU as a community organizer, helped to write and pass legislation, and expanded their reach across the state. She also ran her own national educational firm that implemented equity, diversity, and inclusion trainings to companies, nonprofits, and government entities.
She currently resides in St George, Utah where she studied Applied Sociology, non-profit management, and research development at Utah Tech University and earned her bachelor's degree with high honors in 2020.When she isn't working, or organizing with her community, she is likely spending time with her amazing husband and two beautiful children. Sydni’s impact is undeniable through her work and advocacy. She has recently received a pardon of her own.
We need everyone’s help to spread the word about Utah’s Clean Slate law. To ensure Utahns have access to information through trusted community messengers, Clean Slate Utah is working with a number of faith, government, and community-based organizations across the state to spread the word about the law to impacted individuals. Our partners include:
Legal & Advocacy
Racial & Ethnic Fairness
Housing, Health, & Recovery
For more information about becoming a Clean Slate Utah partner, contact: Destiny@cleanslateutah.org.