In 2016, Blakeman instituted Champaign County’s first Expungement and Record Sealing Summit, which provides free legal assistance to qualifying residents who are seeking to clear their criminal records. The program is now in its third year and has resulted in more than 1,400 petitions being filed. This program is designed to increase employment and educational opportunities for qualifying applicants. 2017 marked a new addition to the Summit, with an Amnesty Week scheduled a few weeks prior. The Amnesty Week allowed participants who could pay off an entire case obligation on a criminal or traffic matter the ability to pay without collection and late fees. In one week, more than $150,000 in outstanding fines and fees were satisfied. These two Champaign County programs have gained national attention, having been featured by the National Association of Counties (NACO) in both training programs and publications.