Lining up for a second chance: Legal clinic provides path to clearing old criminal records  Cincinnati.comThe Hamilton County Public Defenders Office has operated the *Fresh* Start clinic since 2013. Offenders hope to have records expunged so it's easier to get jobs.

Can’t get a job, housing because of a criminal record in California? This bill might help  The Mercury NewsMillions of Californians who ran afoul of the law could have their criminal records automatically expunged – potentially clearing hurdles to jobs and housing to ...

Some with Criminal Records Get a Possible Second Chance  9&10 News“I hope they leave here with the confidence knowing this process can work for them,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist. A possible second chance for those who ...

Suspect surrenders after 6 officers are wounded in Philadelphia standoff  NBC NewsA suspect surrendered after an eight-hour standoff with Philadelphia police in which six officers were shot and wounded.

Project Reset To Help People Clear Their Criminal Records  NewsRadio 1020 KDKAA new Allegheny County program will help eligible residents get their criminal records sealed or erased.

A Chicago cop fatally shot a black teen who he says pointed a gun at him during a foot chase. But no gun was f  Chicago TribuneChicago police Sgt. John Poulos told investigators he fatally shot 19-year-old Kajuan Raye in the back after the teen twice pointed a gun at him during a foot ...

14 Cities in Alaska Employ Police Officers With Disqualifying Criminal Records: Report  TIME(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — At least 14 cities in Alaska have employed police officers whose criminal records should have prevented them from being hired under ...

Trump administration cuts legal funding for victims of human trafficking  The Washington PostFor more than a decade, the Justice Department provided funds for lawyers to expunge the criminal records of victims of human trafficking. But last year the ...

Criminal record expungement can mean a great deal | News, Sports, Jobs  Iron Mountain Daily NewsBravo to the Michigan Bar Association and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law for taking on what we suspect will become a rather substantial effort to.

Meek Mill's Conviction Overturned on Appeal As Panel of Judges Grants Him New Trial  PEOPLE.comAn appeals court in Pennsylvania has overturned the 2008 drug conviction of Meek Mill.

New marijuana law in New York: Who's eligible to clear criminal record? What about smoking in public?  SILive.comBill 8420-A begins the process for expungements in New York, and amends penalties for marijuana.

Pennsylvania's Top Cop Says He Supports Criminal Justice Reform. His Record Suggests Otherwise.  The AppealWhen it comes to criminal justice, advocates say, Attorney General Josh Shapiro seems intent on maintaining the status quo.

'Red flag' gun plans up for debate | News, Sports, Jobs  Altoona MirrorA string of mass shootings spurred Gov. Tom Wolf's administration to launch a new anti-gun violence project last week — but not before its announcement was.

Experts and advocates skeptical pot conviction pardons will benefit northerners  CBC.caExperts, lawyers and advocates say few Canadians will benefit or be eligible for the government's fast-tracked cannabis record suspensions.

Frustrated Philadelphia mayor calls for gun control. Here's why it hasn't happened in his city.  USA TODAYFollowing a standoff between police and an armed gunman, Philadelphia's mayor calls on legislators to let the city pass its own gun laws.

Criminal records can be a ‘life sentence to poverty.’ This state is automatically sealing some.  Washington PostResearch shows that the vast majority of people who could expunge their criminal records never do it. Petitioning for a clean record can be confusing and costly.

Free legal clinic helps families and non-violent, first time offenders  WLBTIf you're drowning in legal problems and can't afford a lawyer, a Hinds County Chancery Court free legal clinic can help.

Expungement And Sealing Of Records Help Ex-Criminals Return To Work  NPRA criminal conviction can present obstacles to everything from jobs to housing. Since 2017, more than 20 states have expanded or added laws that help people ...

Syracuse DA seeks to clear 8,812 marijuana convictions before state law requires it  syracuse.comSyracuse, NY -- The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office has sought to expunge 8,812 marijuana convictions so far in 2019, clearing records going back ...

There’s No Such Thing as Expunging a Criminal Record Anymore  SlateYou're arrested. It's a mistake and it's expunged. But your mug shot is still online for everyone to find.

Meek Mill, Justice Reform Advocate and Rapper, No Longer Has a Criminal Record  BELatinaA Pennsylvania appeals court panel has ruled in unanimous favor of Rapper Meek Mill, clearing him of the gun conviction that embroiled him in the U.S. prison ...

How hate crimes become invisible and why Heather Heyer’s name is not on this FBI list  WQAD MolineThe FBI data is used to understand and track the scope of hate in America, but experts say that's impossible with missing reports and information.

Can a Criminal Record Ever Be Fully Expunged?  Pacific StandardEven if a record is officially wiped clean, it's legal for criminal justice agencies and other websites to keep criminal records online.

Illinois marijuana legalization allows criminal record clearing  KMOXSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — There are nearly 800000 criminal records in Illinois for marijuana possession despite a new state law legalizing it.

Illinois Pot Offenders: How To Get Your Marijuana Offense Wiped Clean  The Fresh ToastHow does one go about getting his or her minor marijuana conviction erased from their permanent record? Here are the basic details.

McLennan County Lack of federal funds affecting human trafficking survivors Elisa Navarro 10:42 PM, Aug  KXXV News Channel 25President Trump's Administration is making changes to some federal funds that help human trafficking victims throughout the country.

Clear more criminal records to give people a fresh start  Raleigh News & ObserverNorth Carolina leaders are considering legislation that would substantially expand the number of people who are eligible to clear their criminal record, and ...

Automatic Sealing? Expungement? As They Legalize Marijuana, New York Lawmakers Negotiate Clearing Criminal Records  Gotham GazetteMayor de Blasio discusses marijuana policy (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office). New York seems poised to enact the country's first automatic ...

Pennsylvania To Seal Some Criminal Records Automatically  NPRStarting Friday, Pennsylvania will be the first state to automatically seal records for non-convictions, summary offenses and most nonviolent misdemeanor ...

Many Californians can clear criminal records, but don’t. This bill would make it automatic  San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Assemblyman Phil Ting on Thursday announced AB1076, a first-of-its-kind initiative that would automatically ...

Law and order: Extra £85m for CPS to tackle violent crime  BBC NewsThe Crown Prosecution *Service* will receive an extra £85m over the next two years, to help deal with a rise in violent crime in England and Wales. It comes as ...

Undoing the Damage of the Drug War  Rolling StoneA criminal record, even for something as seemingly minor as weed possession, can serve as a lifelong stain, preventing someone from getting a job, a house, ...

Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings  Sentinel & EnterpriseBy JAKE BLEIBERG. HASLET, Texas (AP) — Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy ...

235,000 Michiganders could have marijuana record cleared under new bill  Detroit Free PressMore than 230000 Michiganders would have their marijuana misdemeanors cleared under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

Traveling expungement clinics announced  WLNSLANSING, Mich. (WLNS)– Some of Michigan's law students will make their way across the state this week and put their skills to the test. Every year, a few ...

PG&E plans to cut thousands of trees to prevent fires. Here’s why hundreds didn’t get chopped  Sacramento BeeA new report in PG&E's criminal case found that the utility failed to trim hundreds of trees along its power lines. The report cited shoddy record keeping and lax ...

An algorithm wipes clean the criminal pasts of thousands  BBC NewsThis month, a judge in California cleared thousands of criminal records with one stroke of his pen. He did it thanks to a ground-breaking new algorithm that ...

Recreational Marijuana legalization allows criminal record clearing  week.comSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - There are nearly 800000 criminal records in Illinois for marijuana possession despite a new state law legalizing it. So part of.

Proposed Law Would Broaden Eligibility For Criminal Expungement  Wisconsin Public Radio NewsA bill in the state Legislature would make more individuals with criminal records eligible for expungement.

Gov. Whitmer promised to expunge marijuana-related criminal records in Michigan. Those convicted are still waiting.  Detroit Metro TimesGov. Whitmer promised to expunge pot-related criminal records after legalization. Those convicted are still waiting. More than six months after voters legalized ...

Deported to Their Parents' Homeland, Cambodian Americans Start Anew  Foreign PolicyPHNOM PENH, Cambodia—It wasn't until Sam Nak was in handcuffs and leg irons, 35,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean, that reality finally sunk in: He might never ...

How to erase your criminal record (yes, that's a thing!)  FOX 29Having a criminal record makes you feel stuck. It's basically a “DO NOT TOUCH” sign for potential employers, universities, military officials, and anyone else with ...

Churches Arm and Train Congregants in Wake of Mass Shootings  TIMEA simulated gunfight at a church in Haslet trains civilians to protect their churches using the techniques and equipment of law enforcement.

San Francisco will remove more than 9,300 marijuana-related crimes from people’s records  Los Angeles TimesA year-long effort to expunge marijuana-related convictions in San Francisco has been completed, with more than 9300 crimes slated to be removed from ...

Clearing U.S. Customs with old arrest record can be tricky  Los Angeles TimesWhen I was at the interview for my Global Entry card — a program that allows faster passage through Customs upon return to the U.S. — one of the last things ...

North Carolina moves to help offenders clear their records  WLOSEvery time 28-year-old Poet Williams applies for a job, his arrest record comes up: three nonviolent misdemeanors. Those drug charges have followed the ...

Clearing an Old Marijuana Conviction Record Just Got a Lot Easier  LA MagazineClearing marijuana conviction records has been possible since Prop 64, but was costly and complex. Now a new law–and some big data tech–hopes to fix that.

Expunge all marijuana crimes automatically  The Massachusetts Daily CollegianMarijuana possession is not a crime anymore, so why should former convictions be relevant?

Criminal expungements a possibility for more West Virginians - WV MetroNews  West Virginia MetroNewsA new state law allows for court petitions to potentially clear records for many nonviolent felonies and additional misdemeanors.

Free Napa workshop on clearing your criminal record  Napa Valley RegisterVolunteer attorneys will participate in a workshop Tuesday to help people who are eligible to have their criminal records cleared.

Some states are expunging marijuana-related convictions. Why isn't Michigan?  Michigan RadioNow that recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan, what happens to the around 50,0000 people who've previously been convicted of marijuana-related.

'Brian Banks' director reflects on handling hardships with faith  Angelus NewsIn 2006, Tom Shadyac seemed to have the world at his fingertips. He had directed nearly every one of Jim Carrey's comedy blockbusters, including the “Ace ...

Prosecutors move to clear 54,000 marijuana convictions in California  Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles and San Joaquin prosecutors plan to automatically wipe out tens of thousands of marijuana convictions eligible under Proposition 64.

Clearing of criminal record 'a blessing' for future lawyer  The PantagraphBLOOMINGTON— A sense of relief washed over Kristen Braffet on Thursday as she picked up paperwork that erased a teenage mistake from her record — and ...

Hong Kong Protesters Hoping For a Record Turnout This Weekend, Events to be Live-Streamed on Epoch Times Website  The Epoch TimesAs tensions between Hong Kong protesters and police have recently escalated, leading to some violent confrontations, several countries, including the United ...

Bill to allow petitions to judges to expunge criminal records clears Senate  New Mexico Political ReportCommitting a crime might be easy enough. Getting a criminal record expunged in New Mexico is more difficult than almost anywhere in the West. Now that is ...

State representative, judge offering information about clearing criminal records  ABC 12 NewsFLINT (WJRT) (6/20/2019) - State Rep. Sheldon Neeley and Judge Deborah Thomas will be offering free information about how to clear someone's criminal ...

It Just Became Easier to Clean A Criminal Record in the Garden State  NJ SpotlightCourts already deal with 10000 expungement applications annually. Reforms 'will open the door' for thousands more to apply.

Democratic State Lawmakers Push to Automatically Expunge 1 Million Criminal Convictions  KTLA Los AngelesCalifornia has already moved to automatically expunge the records of those convicted of qualifying marijuana crimes. Now, Democratic lawmakers and ...

Clean Slate Campaign Launched to Automate Clearing of Criminal Records for Reformed Ex-Offenders  ESR NEWSOn November 15, 2018, the Center for American Progress (CAP) – an independent nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans ...

As Manhattan DA, Morgenthau Pursued Drug Dealers And Crooked Banks Alike  WPSUFormer New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, who died Sunday just 10 days short of his 100th birthday, was a towering figure in law enforcement,

Clean Slate: How Ditching A Criminal Record Is No Easy Task  Law360An estimated 100 million Americans have criminal records that follow them for life. Some states have moved to ease the burden by passing record-sealing laws ...

California bill would clear conviction and arrest records  ABC10.com KXTVRoughly 20% of Californians have past legal convictions that can restrict them from jobs, housing, and educational opportunities, officials said.

Hundreds of thousands of people have weed convictions in N.J. They could soon be able to clear those records.  NJ.comEDITOR'S NOTE: The billion-dollar medical marijuana, hemp and legal weed industries offer an economic opportunity unrivaled in modern N.J. history.

Jobs shortage fuels push to pardon SC criminal records  The Charlotte ObserverSouth Carolina businesses with worker shortages pushed an expansion of the state's law defining what crimes are eligible for expungement. Advocates say the ...

How The Formerly Incarcerated Can Improve Their Employability  ForbesThis article discusses the platform Clear My Record, which helps ex-offenders to clear their criminal record.

San Francisco To Expunge Thousands Of Marijuana Convictions  NPRSan Francisco officials plan to expunge more than 9,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1975, the city's highest law enforcement official said Monday.

NY prepares for expunging some marijuana arrests  NewsdayALBANY — A measure passed by the State Legislature would strike past and future misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession, clearing criminal records ...

How Clearing Criminal Records Puts People to Work  CityLabAbout 70 million Americans have criminal records, and some of them struggle to find jobs decades after their offense. Advocates of expungement say it levels the ...

Convicts Seeking to Clear Their Records Find More Prosecutors Willing to Help  The New York TimesLaw enforcement officials have traditionally opposed efforts to remove black marks from people's records. That is starting to change.

The ‘Clean Slate’ bill would let people move on from their mistakes.  Hartford CourantClean Slate gives people who have moved on from the worst moments of their lives the chance to earn their success by removing obstacles to a home, ...

Mumbai: Minor who faced trial as adult cleared of rape, extortion charges by Juvenile Justice Board  The Indian ExpressThe incident came to light when the minor's mother read a message from the juvenile and asked her daughter about it. Subsequently, an FIR was filed against ...

Erasing arrest records could be easier if this bill passes  ABC10.com KXTVAssemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Fransico) introduced legislation Feb. 21 that would allow for an automated process of clearing arrest and conviction records.

Manhattan DA joins push to help qualified nonviolent offenders seal their criminal records  New York Daily NewsNonviolent offenders are about to get help clearing their criminal records from an unlikely source — the Manhattan District Attorney's office. Staffers for DA Cy ...

Edmonton and Halifax advocates fight to save Somali refugee from deportation  CBC.caAdvocates hope the federal government will reconsider deporting a Somali refugee in Edmonton based on the precedent of a high-profile case in Nova Scotia.

Secrets and Lies in the School Cafeteria  The AtlanticA tale of missing money, heated lunchroom arguments, and flaxseed pizza crusts.

Bill that could protect trafficking survivors from deportation has yet to reach floor in Albany  Queens Daily EagleBy David Brand. As the legislative session comes to a close, New York state lawmakers have yet to vote on a bill that could protect survivors of human trafficking ...

Boris Johnson is right to talk tough on crime. But can he deliver?  Spectator.co.ukRemember #rorywalks? This was the hashtag created to follow the progress of Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart as he travelled around Britain meeting…

Rutgers Law School offering free expungement sessions in Camden  Cherry Hill Courier PostStaff will offer general information sessions on how to clear some criminal convictions.

Free clinics offer the opportunity to clear criminal records  American River CurrentAmerican River College is offering students a chance to get their criminal record expunged during free, on-campus expungement clinics throughout this ...

N.J.'s governor promised to clear weed convictions. Here's just how hard that will be.  NJ.comClearing a criminal record is a difficult, burdensome process in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy could soon make it even worse if he legalizes marijuana.

It should be easier to expunge minor crimes and give people a second chance, attorney says  NJ.comBy Akil Roper. Later this year, Pennsylvania will be the first state to implement a system of expungement and sealing of criminal records - that will require the ...

Mass. still has no clue how many people’s marijuana records should be cleared  The Boston GlobeAs the state's pot industry rakes in millions of dollars, momentum is growing for the government to automatically expunge old cannabis records.

Five Things You Didn't Know About Clearing Your Record  The Marshall ProjectA Nashville lawyer hopes to wipe clean some arrest records for 128,000 Tennesseans. The lawyer, Daniel Horwitz, who has worked on multiple cases regarding ...

Brooklyn DA, others urge Albany to repeal loitering law and enable record-clearing for trafficking victims before end of session  Brooklyn Daily EagleWith just a few hours left in the state legislative session, advocates continued urging state lawmakers to pass two bills designed to protect transgender ...

Program helps clear criminal records, renews confidence  The AdvocateRICHMOND — When Joe Williams arrived at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium he had hope in his heart and determination in his eyes. Williams, like many ...

Inslee pardons pot convictions of 13 Washington residents. Now lawmakers may clear criminal records for 200,000 more.  The Seattle TimesLegislation that would allow erasure of more than 226000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions is being considered by state lawmakers.

Churchgoers Armed, Trained in Wake of Mass Shootings  VOA NewsHASLET, TEXAS — Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols ...

The free-market case for a clean slate | TheHill  The HillClean-slate measures uphold the spirit of the law while offering reformed offenders a safe, productive life.

A gun, a still, and moonshine  Union Daily TimesUNION — An incident involving a gun and a still and moonshine, an incident of domestic violence involving pepper spray, an incident of drug possession…

we are mitú  mitú incAn attorney that was once employed by ICE is now using her knowledge of the shady workings of the agency to fight to protect migrant rights.

Cannabis criminal record relief: A Q&A with Katie Blakeman : Culture  Smile Politely - Champaign-Urbana's Online MagazineJust a couple of weeks ago, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the details of a much anticipated and expected bill to legalize cannabis in the state of Illinois.

Detroit man deported to Iraq in Trump's ICE sweep, dies from lack of insulin  Fox 32 ChicagoA Detroit man who was of Arabic descent but never lived in Iraq has died there after being deported earlier this year.

New York marijuana: What to know about decriminalization, criminal records, pot possession  The Journal News | LoHud.comNew York marijuana decriminalization is poised to become law, reducing penalties, fines for low-level pot possession and expunging criminal records.

Los Angeles to clear up to 50,000 old marijuana convictions  New York Post California voters approved eliminating some pot-related crimes and wiping out past criminal convictions or reducing felonies to misdemeanors when they ...

Lawyers volunteer to help people with criminal records land jobs in model Montgomery County program  Allentown Morning CallThe Montgomery County Bar Association launched a program to help people with criminal records find jobs and reenter society. It's something the Lehigh Valley ...

Fulton County Fathers Offered Criminal Record Expungement  Sandy Springs, GA PatchFulton County Fathers Criminal Record Expungement - Sandy Springs, GA - Just in time for Father's Day, the Fulton County Solicitor is offering a free, virtual ...

100s of pot convictions to be tossed under DA plan: 'A simple matter of justice'  syracuse.comSyracuse, NY – Hundreds of people with marijuana convictions dating back at least 20 years will have their criminal records erased under a plan by the ...

Concerns over domestic violence prompt proposed changes to annulment bill  Concord MonitorAuthors of a bill originally intended to expedite the process of clearing the criminal records of young offenders and victims of PTSD proposed an amendment ...

Clearing 800,000 Illinois people of convictions makes sense if pot is legalized  Chicago Sun-TimesIn the remaining weeks of the current session, Illinois lawmakers will consider a critical bill that not only would legalize the possession and sale of specified ...