‘Expungement Day’ gives past offenders a clean slate in Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of people in Salt Lake County came out of the shadows Thursday to get their criminal records expunged. A criminal record can block a person from getting work, housing, education and even from visiting their grandchildren.

Officials with Salt Lake County said they believe in second chances, and with the help of several partners, organized free legal help on its first-ever expungement day at the St.