Many Californians can clear criminal records, but don’t. This bill would make it automatic  San Francisco ChronicleA new push in California to automatically clear old arrest and conviction records  Los Angeles TimesNew Bill Would Clear Some Convictions From Criminal Records  CBS SacramentoSan Francisco D.A. backs bill to automatically clear old arrest and conviction records  Herald-Mail MediaView full coverage on Google News

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 ...

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 ...

Bill Lee's plan to eliminate criminal expungement fee heads to Senate floor with support  The TennesseanTennessee Governor Bill Lee's plan would eliminate the $180 expungement fee, making it easier for thousands of eligible offenders to get a clean criminal ...

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.

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

More Than 9,300 Marijuana-Related Convictions Will Be Expunged in San Francisco  GoverningThe announcement culminated a year-long review of marijuana convictions in San Francisco, which critics say disproportionately punished minority ...

Barr Goes Beyond Mueller in Clearing Trump on Obstruction, Drawing Scrutiny  The New York TimesThe special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, punted on whether President Trump obstructed justice. Attorney General William P. Barr stepped in to exonerate the ...

California Company Launching Program to Help Expunge Cannabis Convictions Under Prop. 64  Cannabis Business TimesHeally's *Fresh* Start program will guide applicants through the expungement process with pro-bono legal counsel.

Police groups decry Texas push for marijuana decriminalization  Houston Chronicle The groups urged the Texas Legislature not to lower criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, which is now punishable by up to six ...

Legal weed in N.J. would allow people caught with 5 pounds of pot to clear their records  NJ.comChanges to the marijuana legalization bill would allow tens of thousands more people to get their marijuana convictions expunged.

Russia Was Never the Real Scandal  Foreign Policy In FocusCollusion with corporations has always been hiding in plain sight. It takes real people to fight that — not an elite prosecutor.

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 ...

2-Minute Preview: Lawmakers discuss mental health and gun background checks, marijuana awareness campaign  The Nevada IndependentNevada lawmakers are picking up the pace as the Legislature enters its sixth week, scheduling hearings on a host of major criminal justice bills affecting ...

What you need to know if N.J. legalizes weed this week  NJ.comNew Jersey lawmakers are expected to vote on marijuana legalization. If they pass it, this is what it means for the state.

Bronx woman who lost eye in horrific confrontation with cops sues NYPD; officer accused was cleared in interna  New York Daily NewsA Bronx woman who lost her eye in a horrific confrontation with cops is suing the NYPD -- despite cops' claims the bloody beatdown was somehow justified.

House approves expungement bill with bipartisan support  Albuquerque JournalSANTA FE – People with an arrest or conviction in their history could have it removed from the public record – if a court approves – under legislation that passed ...

Volunteer Coders Partner With San Francisco to Clear 9,300 Marijuana Arrest Records  Green EntrepreneurPeople arrested with a joint long ago were saddled with criminal records for decades.

'Revolutionary' technology helps clear past convictions faster in San Joaquin County  ABC10.com KXTVSTOCKTON, Calif. — Criminal records are being cleared faster than ever before at the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office, thanks to some new ...

Washington Lawmakers Seek Smoother Path To Redemption For Formerly Incarcerated Residents  KUOW News and InformationIt's part of Zach's life with autism. He fixates on certain objects — a movie, sometimes food, anything he needs to feel safe — but has difficulty communicating ...

Jussie Smollett Update: A Timeline of What's Unfolded  NBC ChicagoIn less than two months, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's case has taken turn after turn. But not even city officials knew what was coming on Tuesday.

Sunshine Week highlights transparency laws in Massachusetts  The Patriot LedgerIt's your right to know.That's the simple message of Sunshine Week, a March celebration of people's right to an open government. The rules involved, however, ...

Springfield's acting police commissioner Cheryl Clapprood filed a false report 30 years ago; Now she is pledging to restore trust in the department  MassLive.comClapprood said in an interview that she 'screwed up out of naïveté and inexperience,' and has spent the last three decades serving the community with a clean ...

Sunshine Week: Legislation under review on Beacon Hill  Worcester TelegramIt's your right to know.That's the simple message of Sunshine Week, a March celebration of people's right to an open government. The rules involved, however, ...

NJ marijuana legalization: Committees approve bill, clearing way for key votes next Monday  Asbury Park PressTRENTON — The Garden State could become the 11th state to legalize marijuana for adult use as soon as next week after legislative committees approved a ...

News of Record for March 26, 2019  Union DemocratTUOLUMNE COUNTY The Sonora Police Department reported the following: FRIDAY 12:38 a.m., suspicious circumstances — A man drank from a tall can in a ...

Twitter reacts to prosecutor's decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett  REVOLT TVIn a stunning turn of events, news broke earlier on Tuesday (March 26) that the Illinois state attorney's office has decided to drop the charges against "Empire" ...

Computerized Cannabis Conviction Expungement: San Francisco Leads the Way  Cannabis NowSan Francisco is preparing to expunge more than 9,000 cannabis convictions dating back to 1975 — the culmination of a year-long review of court records ...

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 ...

How to Understand the End of the Mueller Investigation (Hint: You Can't Yet)  LawfareThe completion of the Mueller investigation is no small democratic accomplishment and was not a foregone conclusion in an environment in which the president ...

How technology can help build a more equitable justice system  Fast CompanyOver the past several years, many of us have come to rely on technology to make more informed decisions about our lives. Some of them help us day to day–like ...

This is what's in N.J.'s landmark marijuana bill  WHYYThis article originally appeared on NJ Spotlight. —. Adult-use marijuana legalization is likely to be voted on by the entire state Legislature as soon as early next ...

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.

Mueller Doesn’t Find Trump Campaign Conspired With Russia  The Wall Street JournalWASHINGTON—Special counsel Robert Mueller concluded that President Trump and his campaign didn't conspire or coordinate with Russia to interfere in the ...

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 ...

As opioid epidemic rages, DA Salavantis tells council DUI still major problem  Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderWhile battling opioids is still a major focus, Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said she wants to emphasize about one-third of cases…

Former Indian Head Park police chief gets probation for shooting his son  Chicago Sun-TimesRaymond Leuser III had faced charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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

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.

Zuckerberg and Koch groups ally to clear eligible criminal records  Washington PostGroups with ties to technology titan Mark Zuckerberg are getting even more involved in the political arena, throwing their weight behind a new initiative that ...

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 ...

Need your criminal record expunged? It just got a lot easier. Here's how it works  NJ.comIf you've ever tried to get convictions expunged from your criminal record and found out you don't qualify, you might now be in luck. A law that went into effect ...

Our View: With cannabis legal, clear criminal records  Press HeraldIt's legal for those 21 and older to possess and use cannabis in Maine, and it will be legal to buy and sell it for recreational use as soon as lawmakers can finish ...

If you have an old criminal record, today you can finally get a Clean Slate in Pa.  Philly.comPennsylvania's Clean Slate law, among the nation's most progressive, begins its roll-out Wednesday.

Here's what you need to know about Kevin Kiley  Redding Record SearchlightGet to know the candidates vying for the seat vacated by Ted Gaines in the 1st Senate district.

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.

Convicts Seeking to Clear Their Records Find More Prosecutors Willing to Help  The New York TimesINDIANAPOLIS — The convicted men and women who visit Room B2 of Indianapolis's courthouse cannot find jobs, or want better ones. Or they wish they could ...

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 ...

Dozens in Calhoun County get criminal records cleared using 2014 Alabama law  Anniston StarDozens of Calhoun County residents, accused of crimes but never convicted, have been able to get their criminal records cleared under a 2014 law that allows ...

The Trump administration threatens to beat the record for misdeeds by Cabinet members  Dallas NewsIn the Teapot Dome scandal during Warren Harding's presidency, Interior Secretary Albert Fall became the first cabinet member ever convicted and...

Guest opinion: Help former criminals expunge records and move on with Clean Slate Initiative  Utah PolicyEvery day, thousands of Utahns are burdened by nonviolent criminal records that torpedo good job prospects, deny them homes, and even prevent them from ...

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 ...

What The Mueller Report Will Say  ForbesNote: This is a Mar. 22 update of an article published on Feb. 21, now that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has delivered his long-awaited report to the ...

NJ marijuana legalization could wipe weed arrests off your criminal record  Asbury Park PressNew Jersey legislators are expected to institute automatic expungement for marijuana possession as part of any marijuana legalization law.

Vermonters look at clearing marijuana-related criminal records as legalization nears  BurlingtonFreePress.comAs Vermont moves to legalize weed beyond medical use, those punished in the past for marijuana misdemeanors are seeking forgiveness.

Manhattan DA joins push to help qualified nonviolent offenders seal their criminal records  New York Daily NewsStaffers for DA Cy Vance Jr. are launching an information page on the office's website this week with instructions on how to apply to have their records sealed ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

Arpaio criminal record case 1 step closer to moving forward  Arizona Daily StarPHOENIX — The legal case of whether former Phoenix metro sheriff Joe Arpaio will still have a criminal record despite his pardon by President Donald Trump is ...

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 ...

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 ...

Low Unemployment Makes Employers More Willing to Hire Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records in 2019  ESR NEWSWith record low unemployment, employers should be more willing to hire ex-offenders with the necessary skills to make sure they are not eliminating job ...

The Financial Benefits of Wiping the Slate Clean  Bankrate.comAnyone who carries a criminal record knows just how much it costs. Yet, there are some steps that past offenders can take to wipe the slate clean.

This algorithm is quickly clearing old marijuana convictions in San Francisco  Fast CompanyNow that weed is legal in California, people with old marijuana arrests can have their records cleared. Code for America, working with the SF District Attorney's ...

Louisville Organizations Mount Effort To Clear Criminal Records En Masse  89.3 WFPL News LouisvilleOne of the largest efforts comes from the Louisville Urban League, which received a large gift allowing it to spend $100000 on expunging records this year ...

N.J.'s top court just made it easier for recovering addicts to clean up their criminal record  NJ.comThe New Jersey Supreme Court found too many hurdles for people who graduated drug court to expunge their records and start a new chapter.

LIVE news updates: Janak Kumar Garg appointed head of metro rail safety  National HeraldThe Supreme Court on Monday referred to another bench a *fresh* plea seeking a direction to authorities not to evict any forest dweller in Chhattisgarh and to set ...

Trafficking survivors shed an unjust label: ‘criminal’  The Christian Science MonitorAs attitudes about justice in sex trafficking cases change, more states are giving survivors a chance to clear away convictions for prostitution. But the ...

Expungement Fairs Are Getting Top Cannabis Talent Back In Business  ForbesFrom October 20 to 27, organizations will offer free record-clearing and legal advice for National Expungement Week, and hopefully help cannabis veterans ...

Colorado could move to clear pre-legalization marijuana convictions statewide as soon as 2019  The Colorado IndependentSweeping action could be on the horizon, given strong momentum for a move to clear all criminal records for the the tens of thousands of Coloradans convicted ...

Some marijuana convictions could disappear if voters approve legal pot  Detroit Free PressUntold thousands of Michiganders could be in line for a second chance if voters decide to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the Nov. 6 election.

West Virginians weigh in on clean slate law for criminal records  WV NewsBRIDGEPORT — Area residents gave their opinions Sunday on whether or not some kind of clean slate law should exist in the Mountain State as it does in ...

Ottawa to Grant Pardons to Canadians Convicted of Cannabis Possession  LeaflyThe federal government announced today that it would grant amnesty to Canadians who have been convicted of possessing less than 30 grams of cannabis.

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 ...

Wolf signs 'clean slate' bill sealing some criminal records in Pennsylvania after decade  WTAE PittsburghLower-level, nonviolent crimes in Pennsylvania will automatically be sealed from public review after 10 years under a law signed Thursday, a change designed ...

Shutting former criminals out of opportunity is economically foolish  USA TODAYNearly half of all children have a parent with a criminal record, and US is losing $87 billion a year in GDP by not employing them.

Liberal MP hints criminal records for marijuana possession will be cleared  National PostMP Bill Blair told a recent conference that the consequences for a possession conviction are 'out of proportion with the offence we were trying to control'

Washington Gov. Inslee to pardon thousands convicted of marijuana possession  NBCNews.comWashington Gov. Jay Inslee said he plans to pardon thousands convicted of small-time marijuana possession, saying people should not be punished for a ...

Denver Program Helps People Convicted Of Pot Crimes Before Legalization Get A ‘Clean Slate’  CBS DenverDENVER (AP/CBS4) – Officials say a simplified program will make it easier for thousands of people to seek the elimination of the low-level marijuana convictions ...

N.J. pot convictions could be wiped from record if drug is legalized, but how remains hazy  NJ.comOne of the key parts of marijuana legalization is clearing the records of people who have been charged with low-level marijuana crimes in the past.

Two nursing staff fined for involuntary homicide of elderly patient, one acquitted  MaltaTodayA nurse and nursing aide at Karin Grech Hospital have been fined after they were found responsible for the death of an elderly patient in 2012.

Gilroy officers cleared, video released in controversial arrest death of Stevie Juarez  The Mercury NewsOfficers involved in the Feb. 25, 2018 death of Gilroy resident Stevie Juarez, who died shortly after his arrest following a violent struggle, have been cleared of ...

Expungement clinic scheduled at Goodwill Industries | News  Bowling Green Daily NewsTwo expungement fairs last year led to some 20 people getting jobs, according to South Central Workforce Development Board President and CEO Robert ...

1,100 turn out for event to clear criminal records in north Harris County  Houston Chronicle Keola Williams spent the past decade running from the law. The 43-year-old Webster woman constantly feared a routine traffic stop turning into an arrest and jail ...

A new lease on life: Sober for 13 years, Brainerd man gets pardon...  Brainerd DispatchDerek Rygh looks back at his life and is surprised he is still alive. There were things in his life he had no control over. Other things, he had control over, but a ...

Police: Illinois gunman lied about Mississippi conviction to get firearm card  WTVAAURORA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say a man who fatally shot five people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse lied about his criminal history ...

Massachusetts National Day of Expungement to help clear marijuana convictions  MassLive.comSPRINGFIELD -- Legalization of marijuana in the state means that work continues to help those convicted of pot crimes clear their records with the ...

Long Beach RISE To Help Repair Records For Many  Gazettes.comWith tens of thousands of marijuana-related convictions in California potentially eligible to be overturned following the legalization of recreational pot, Long ...

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal-record case 1 step closer to moving forward  AZCentral.comThe legal case of whether former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio will still have a criminal record despite his pardon by President Donald Trump is one step ...

Marijuana decriminalization could help those with prior convictions  WKOWMADISON (WKOW) — In Dane County, the possession and sale of marijuana continues to lead to more drug arrests than any other controlled substances, but as ...

Weeding them out: DA clearing low-level marijuana convictions at two upcoming events  Brooklyn PaperMany Kings County stoners with misdemeanor pot convictions can clear their criminal records at two free events that Brooklyn's top prosecutor is hosting next ...

If New York legalizes marijuana, will it wipe out old convictions?  Times Union ALBANY — Lauren Manning sees the harm of marijuana prohibition every day. Through her work with the Center for Law and Justice, an Albany nonprofit that ...

America’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing Young People Like Me. Clean Slate Laws Are the Answer  TeenVogue.comIn an op-ed for "Teen Vogue," Peter Rezk shares what he's learned during his journey from selling weed in high school to studying law in college.