Eaze and Code for America Announce First-of-its-Kind Partnership to Help Clear 250,000 Criminal Records  Associated PressPress release *content* from Business Wire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.

Prosecutors move to clear 54,000 marijuana convictions in California  Los Angeles TimesAfter recreational marijuana was legalized in California, prosecutors in Los Angeles County expected a “tsunami” of petitions from people looking to clear their ...

What’s New in Civic Tech: CfA Justice Project Gets Donations  Government TechnologyThis Saturday is April 20, colloquially known as 4-20 and celebrated nationwide by those who enjoy recreational marijuana. To honor the day, the cannabis ...

ICE Faces Migrant Detention Crunch as Border Chaos Spills Into Interior of the Country  The New York TimesThe crunch in space for processing migrants at the southern border is spreading to ICE detention centers across the country, which are now struggling to ...

Ben & Jerry's Gives Away Free Ice Cream And A Sprinkle Of Social Justice  ForbesCaliva and Ben & Jerry's are joining forces to support the Clear My Record project. On 4/19 and 4/20, Caliva's products will be served with a complimentary pint ...

Ben & Jerry's Uses 4/20 To Get Blunt About The Way Black Stoners Are Treated By Law Enforcement  BlavityBen & Jerry's used the 4/20 holiday to make a significant point about marijuana legalization. It's hard to celebrate 4/20 when so many people of color are still ...

Prosecutors drop charges against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett for alleged staged hate crime — Chicago mayor calls it 'whitewash of justice'  CNBCChicago prosecutors on Tuesday abruptly dropped criminal charges against "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a phony hate crime ...

Ben & Jerry’s Backs Cannabis Record Expungement Program for 420  Cannabis NowSometimes in this fast-paced world of changing cannabis laws, we lose track of how many people are still entering the criminal justice system because of crimes ...

California Prosecutors Move to Clear Old Pot Convictions  ReasonRecreational weed went into effect last year. Now, two prosecutors are trying to bring the criminal justice system up to speed.

Florida nears 2-millionth concealed weapon permit  WWSBAlready leading the nation with the highest number of concealed weapon permits, Florida is nearing a new threshold: granting authority to 2 million civilians who ...

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, ...

ELECTION 2019: Perry seeks 4th term as Henry County's sheriff  Martinsville BulletinLane Perry wants a fourth 4-year term as Henry County's sheriff, and at an event announcing his campaign, he cited statistics about his department's record for ...

Marijuana Legalization Is a Racial Justice Issue  ACLUMarijuana has been a key driver of mass criminalization in this country and hundreds of thousands of people, the majority of whom are Black or Latinx, have their ...

The Mueller Report Is an Impeachment Referral  The AtlanticThe special counsel has concluded he can neither charge nor clear the president. Only Congress can now resolve the allegations against him.

DA: Stockton police justified in shooting death  Stockton RecordSTOCKTON — Investigators from multiple law-enforcement agencies have cleared a Stockton police officer of wrongdoing in the killing of a 35-year-old alleged ...

Equity-Oriented Workforce Strategies for a Progressive Infrastructure Plan  Center For American ProgressDownload the PDF here. See also: “Infrastructure Investment Must Create Good Jobs for All” by Karla Walter. Federal investments in infrastructure are vital to ...

Teacher convicted of child abuse resigns from RCSD  Rochester Democrat and ChronicleJames Doran, a special education teacher hired by the Rochester City School District in September, has resigned following a Democrat and Chronicle report ...

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 ...

Clean Slate has benefits beyond offenders: Editorial  CT PostThere are any number of easy arguments against the idea of giving criminals a clean slate, as is currently under consideration in the state Assembly. A bill now ...

Research Boosts Push For Automatic Expungements  Law360Like most other states that allow people to clear their criminal records, Michigan imposes strict eligibility restrictions and requires former offenders to navigate a ...

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 ...

Buttigieg, Race, and an 'All Lives Matter' Speech  CityLabAfter a speech surfaced with Pete Buttigieg saying "All Lives Matter" in 2015, racial issues in the South Bend police department, and Buttigieg's role in them, are ...

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 ...

'Gunshine State:' Florida Nears 2 Million Concealed Weapons Permits  WJCT NEWSAlready leading the nation with the highest number of concealed weapon permits, Florida is nearing a new threshold: granting authority to 2 million.

Pa.'s Board of Pardons sees spike in applications after eliminating fees  Pennsylvania Capital-StarIn the four weeks since Pennsylvania announced it would be free to apply for pardons, the number of ex-offenders asking the state to forgive their crimes has ...

Standard Chartered Bank's Long History Of Financial Crime  ForbesWill the $1.1bn fine imposed on Standard Chartered Bank be enough to end its sanctions-busting habit?

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 ...

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.

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.

Abel Pacheco, Once Wrongfully Arrested, Is Running for City Council to Reform Seattle's Criminal Justice System  TheStranger.comHe was wrongfully arrested in 2015 and the first thing he did after was decide to run for office.

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 ...

This Durban man is still paying for a crime he never committed | Sunday Tribune  IOLDurban - WHEN Njabulo Ndlovu walked out of Westville Prison a free man last year, all he wanted to do was start anew and put his law degree obtained in jail to ...

What Happens To Past Convictions When Cannabis Is Legalised?  10 dailyWhen Canada became the latest country to legalise cannabis last year, it was widely hailed a turning point, away from the so-called 'war on drugs'.

Suspect in fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle captured in California, authorities say  The Washington PostPolice in Los Angeles said Tuesday they arrested Eric Holder, the 29-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle.

#FeesMustFall activist jubilant after being cleared of criminal charges  TimesLIVETshwane University of Technology's former SRC leader Sthembiso Mbatha has expressed relief after being cleared of criminal charges emanating from the ...

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.

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.

Michigan Governor Celebrates Marijuana Legalization In Video For Hash Bash Event  Marijuana MomentThis weekend's 48th annual Hash Bash event received the blessing of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), who released a video statement supporting the ...

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.

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 ...

Trump's Numbers, April 2019 Update  FactCheck.orgSince President Donald Trump took office: Attempted unauthorized crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border soared to the highest levels in over a decade. The trade ...

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 ...

Editorials from around New England  Miami HeraldEditorials from around New England: ___. MASSACHUSETTS. Republican of Springfield. April 11. Our nation, President Donald Trump has been saying, is "full.

Nipsey Hussle and his accused killer ‘were known to each other’ police say  East Bay TimesBy Allyson Chiu,Tim Elfrink and Kayla Epstein | The Washington Post. Late on Monday, police identified Eric Holder as a suspect in the killing of ...

Police groups decry Texas push for marijuana decriminalization  Houston Chronicle Two major Texas law enforcement groups on Tuesday decried pending legislation to loosen marijuana laws as the beginning of a “slippery slope” into full ...

Legislation targets rape kit backlog  Snoqualmie Valley RecordWA has about 10000 untested kits; new law would reduce testing time to 45 days.

7-Eleven Owner Feeds Hungry Teen Caught Shoplifting Instead Of Calling Police  International Business TimesRather than call 911 after catching a shoplifter, a 7-Eleven owner decided to help feed the hungry teen when he explained why he was stealing.

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 ...

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 ...

Iguana assault, time capsule, beach bobcats: News from around our 50 states  USA TODAYBurned black churches see funding uptick in Louisiana, fighting Irish get first female mascot in Indiana, and more B9336289970Z.1.

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.

Robert Kraft's lawyers claim cops deliberately misled judge to get 'spying' warrant for massage parlor cameras  Sun SentinelBillionaire Robert Kraft's lawyers argue Jupiter police deliberately misled a judge to get a warrant for secret video recording inside a massage parlor, ...

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 ...

Convicts Seeking to Clear Their Records Find More Prosecutors Willing to Help  The New York TimesStephanie Truchan, a volunteer at the Expungement Help Desk in Indianapolis. At least 20 states have created or broadened expungement and sealing laws ...

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 ...

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.

The Democrats are Now Looking Elsewhere for Trump's Undoing  The National Interest OnlineIt will take more than the Mueller report to truly put Trump's presidency at risk.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Second Amendment Auditor Jailed on Hearsay Evidence, Claim of "Obstruction"  AmmoLand Shooting Sports NewsArizona -(Ammoland.com)- Second Amendment Activist Richard Hubbard has been arrested by Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Police. The arrest occurred on 8 April ...

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.

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.

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

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, AG spread untruths on Mueller report  The Record (New Westminster)WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is still distorting the truth about the Russia investigation , claiming exoneration from a special counsel's report that he ...

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 ...

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?

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 ...

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 ...

The Free-market Case for a Clean Slate  Mackinac Center for Public PolicyClean-slate laws help people reintegrate into the workforce.

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 ...

Gary Bauer: Seething Over Smollett  Patriot PostThere is seething outrage in Chicago and across the nation over the travesty of justice that occurred Tuesday in the Jussie Smollett case.

Arpaio criminal record case 1 step closer to moving forward  ABC NewsThe legal case of whether former Phoenix metro sheriff Joe Arpaio will still have a criminal record despite his pardon by President Donald Trump is one step ...

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.

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.

FBI investigation shows the DOJ's surprising tolerance for leaks … when they come from the DOJ  MuckRockOn April 14, 1987 the Village Voice once again made itself the target of a Federal Bureau of Investigation leak investigation when it published an article based ...

Sandy landfill, 6-foot baby, climbing quest: News from around our 50 states  USA TODAYRousting homeless in Kentucky, bad driving in New Hampshire, and more B9336137684Z.1.

Palm oil, logging firms the usual suspects as Indonesia fires flare anew  Mongabay.comFires have flared up once again on concessions held by palm oil and logging companies in Riau province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. For many of the ...

US authorities fine UniCredit Bank $1.3 billion for Iran violations, second huge fine in a week  ACFCSHVB Tower or formerly Hypo-house is an administrative building of the HypoVereinsbank in Munich, courtesy Wikimedia. By Brian Monroe bmonroe@acfcs.org

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.

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.

Fiona Onasanya: Backlash as disgraced ex-Labour MP backs bill to seek Brexit delay that passed by just one vote  Evening StandardA disgraced former Labour MP is facing a backlash after casting her vote yesterday in favour of a bill seeking to delay Brexit, which passed by a majority of just ...

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 ...

The Spin: Political backlash over Smollett case | Low voter turnout | Madigan operatives ordered arrested  Chicago TribuneWith the thud of a gavel, the racially charged case against Jussie Smollett may be closed, but the backlash and political hangover is just setting in. Mayor Rahm ...

Ex-National Security Officials Sue to Limit Censorship of Their Books  The New York TimesWASHINGTON — A newly filed lawsuit is challenging a censorship system the government uses to ensure that millions of former military and intelligence ...

Border Patrol struggling to hire, keep agents, but may never get 5,000 Trump ordered  USA TODAYPresident Trump signed an order to hire an additional 5000 Border Patrol agents, but two years later, the agency has only hired 118. Here's why.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...