NC Second Chance Alliance

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Summary of North Carolina Expunctions

Use this new summary of North Carolina expunctions as an initial guide to understanding the criteria and filing requirements of the various expunctions in North Carolina. This summary is intended to provide accurate, general information. However, this summary does not fully address the provisions of each expunction statute. In addition, laws and legal proceddures are subject to frequent changes and differing interpretations, and the North Carolina Justice Center cannot ensure the information in this summary is current, particularly beyond 2014.


The NC Second Chance Alliance is a statewide alliance of advocacy organizations, service providers, faith-based organizations, community leaders and interested citizens that have come together to achieve the safe and successful reintegration of adults and juveniles with criminal records by promoting policies that remove barriers to productive citizenship.

Consider these facts:

  • 1.6 million North Carolians have criminal records.
  • Approximately 40,000 individuals are currently in North Carolina's 70 prisons.
  • Currently, 1 in 106 Caucasian males is incarcerated, while 1 in 36 Latino males and 1 in 15 African-American males are incarcerated.
  • It costs the NC Department of Public Safety $27,000 annually to incarcerate someone.
  • 95% of incarcerated individuals will eventually leave prison and return home.
  • 92% of employers conduct criminal background checks; an applicant with a criminal record is 50% less likely to receive a call back.
  • More than 900 state and federal laws deny North Carolinians a wide range of privileges and rights based on a criminal record.
  • North Carolina's 3-year recidivism rate is 40%.

What's clear to us is that the current system of incarceration and re-incarceration is not working. It's eroding the safety of our communities, draining our state's resources, and failing those who have paid their debts to society. That's why we have joined together to create the NC Second Chance Alliance.

Share Your Story

Please share your own reentry story and become a face of reentry. We will provide these faces and their stories to legislators to demonstrate the genuine need for reforms in the law that provide better reentry opportunities.

Our Call to Action

NC needs to make successful re-entry and reduction of recidivism a priority by (1) establishing a comprehensive plan that addresses the needs of people with criminal records for housing, medical treatment, training, education, services, support and jobs and (2) identifying and reducing barriers to successful re-entry.

To Get Involved

For more information and to get involved in the NC Second Chance Alliance, sign up for our updates here.

Contact: Daniel Bowes ( or 919-861-2061)

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Know Your Rights - Moving Beyond Your Criminal Conviction

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