NY Senate Leader Backs Expunging Criminal Records in Marijuana Legalization | New York Law Journal  Law.comThe leader of the New York State Senate said Wednesday that she would prefer low-level marijuana-related criminal records to be expunged, rather than sealed ...

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 crimes ...

Amid pushback from prosecutors, Illinois Dems call expungement provision 'critical' to marijuana legalization  The SouthernSPRINGFIELD — Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois might be unconstitutional. That is the warning one ...

Democrats call expungement provision 'critical' to marijuana legalization  Herald & ReviewSPRINGFIELD — Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois is now the subject of questions about whether it ...

Got a juvenile criminal record? Head to an expungement clinic  Daily HeraldThe last thing Jane expected to worry about before graduating from medical school was her juvenile criminal record.

A welcome move to ease the burden of a criminal record  Raleigh News & ObserverNC lawmakers move to let more people clear their criminal record.

Democrats call expungement ‘critical’ to marijuana legalization  The Edwardsville IntelligencerSPRINGFIELD — Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois might be unconstitutional. That is the warning one ...

'It's a big chance:' NC Second Chance Act passes state Senate  WTVD-TVSome people in North Carolina with a criminal record are one step closer to having their record wiped clean. The "Second Chance Act" sailed through the state ...

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 ...

Rap Sheet Day helps Chicagoans clear past offenses from their criminal records  WLS-TVCHICAGO (WLS) -- Thursday is Rap Sheet Day in Chicago, a day where people with marijuana and other expungable offenses work to get their rap sheets ...

Two bills aim to help remove certain marijuana charges from criminal records  WGMEAUGUSTA (WGME) -- Two bills in front of the judicial committee of the Maine legislature would change the criminal records of Mainers who have certain ...

Judge expunges felony record of woman who assaulted former Minnesota politician at Mall of America  Star TribuneWith her victim's blessing, a judge has cleared the felony record of a 22-year-old Minneapolis woman who brutally assaulted a former Minnesota politician with a ...

Barickman balks at expunging criminal records for drug dealers  MyStateline.comILLINOIS (WCIA) -- A Central Illinois lawmaker who supports legalizing recreational cannabis for adult use says a portion of the plan currently supported by ...

How One Platform Is Helping Ex-Offenders Clear Their Record  ForbesThis article discusses the platform Clear My Record, which helps ex-offenders to clear their criminal record.

Local officals, residents meet in Raliegh  Laurinburg ExchangeLAURINBURG — Area residents joined many North Carolinians in Raleigh last week to petition at the Second Chance Lobby Day. Last Tuesday, the event was ...

Legal recreational pot in Illinois? The devil is in the details for Pritzker, legislators  Chicago TribuneAt the outset of the spring legislative session, legalization of recreational pot in Illinois might have seemed like a foregone conclusion. It is a top item on ...

Can pot legalization help the poor, minority communities it hurt most?  Pocono RecordComplicating the law-making process are questions about how best to erase marijuana convictions and ensure that people who were arrested for pot benefit ...

A Strategic Error  InsiderNJSenate President Steve Sweeney's decision to put an end to any further attempts to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana amounted to a mercy ...

Ban-the-Box Legislation Heads to New Mexico  The National Law ReviewNew Mexico has adopted ban the box legislation preventing employers to request expungement or criminal records, from those who are applying for a new job.

Legislators attempt to support employment of past offenders through expungement law reform  The Daily CardinalLegislators across the state are attempting to mitigate unemployment issues held by formerly incarcerated people by supporting expungement reform.

Joe Biden Endorses Marijuana Decriminalization And Rescheduling—But Not Legalization  Marijuana MomentFormer Vice President Joe Biden remains opposed to legalizing marijuana but said through a spokesperson on Thursday that he supports decriminalizing ...

Cummings, Nadler, Bass, and Booker Reintroduce the Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act  LasentinelWashington, D.C. (April 30, 2019) – Today, Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; Jerrold Nadler ...

Commentary: Clean Slate Law opens doors for those who've earned it  Salt Lake TribuneUtah Gov. Gary Herbert recently signed into law Utah's Clean Slate bill, House Bill 431, legislation that I filed to help thousands of eligible Utahans expunge old ...

Wrongfully convicted Mingo man to get revoked concealed carry permit back  Charleston Gazette-MailWILLIAMSON — A Mingo County man will soon have his criminal record expunged and his concealed carry permit returned to him after it was revoked by the ...

City of Santa Maria offers free criminal record clearance clinic  KSBY San Luis Obispo NewsThe City of Santa Maria Public Library is partnering with the Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office and nonprofit “OneJustice” to provide a free criminal ...

Groups rally for "Clean Slate Laws" at Capitol  WILX-TVLANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Having a criminal record, even an old one, makes it a lot tougher to find a place to live or work. And getting that record expunged in ...

Goodwill, partners offer expungement clinic; Upcoming changes in law will make it easier for some  Glasgow Daily TimesGLASGOW – Changes approved in the 2019 General Assembly will make it possible for some who aren't eligible now to get their criminal records expunged.

Pot 'legalization 2.0': Social equity becomes a key question  Lompoc RecordNEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that ...

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, ...

Expunging arrests would be easier under bill approved by Senate  WRAL.comOther criminal justice reform efforts likely to die as legislative deadline approaches.

Second Chance Act would help ex-offenders get housing, employment  North Carolina Health NewsEasing the way to expunging a criminal record means it would be easier for ex-offenders to access the things needed for a healthy life.

Expungement Efforts Surge on 4/20 With Ben & Jerry's, Code for America  LeaflyIn California, you can do some good in the world just by stocking up for 4/20. Nice. This week Ben & Jerry's announced a partnership with Caliva, the California ...

What Michigan can learn from California's effort to expunge marijuana convictions  Michigan RadioThere are roughly 50000 people in Michigan who have been convicted of cannabis-related crimes. Now that voters have legalized recreational marijuana,

Your Illinois News Radar » Madigan on finding 60 votes for the cannabis bill and convincing “the minorities”  The Capitol Fax BlogTuesday, May 7, 2019. * From the newly introduced cannabis legalization bill in the eligibility for expungement section… “Minor violation of the Cannabis Control ...

Law school to host Expungement Day event - University News |  University NewsMore than 200 people are expected to attend Expungement receiving free access to their criminal records and reviewing what convictions qualify for removal ...

Code for America Continues Efforts to Expunge California Cannabis Convictions  CheddarBy Brian Henry. The Sacramento County District Attorney dismissed or reduce over 5,300 cannabis convictions this month thanks to an algorithm created by ...

Expungement fair Saturday aims to help Metro Detroit residents clear or reduce criminal records  WDIV ClickOnDetroitDETROIT - A free expungement fair taking place Saturday aims to help residents in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties clear or reduce criminal records.

Lawyers And Coders Team Up To Help Ex-Offenders Clear Their Records In Kansas City  KCURHaving a criminal record can make it hard to find a job, and a place to live. Missouri allows some offenses to be erased from a person's record, or.

Expungement clinic gives hundreds a clean slate  Winston-Salem ChronicleLast week several elected officials, local judges, attorneys and law students came together to help residents of Forsyth County receive a clean slate during a free ...

Pilot project helps Street Roots vendors expunge their records  Street Roots NewsStreet Roots, the Metropolitan Public Defender and the Portland Housing Bureau recently collaborated on “Expungement Palooza," a pilot project aimed at ...

New Jersey will ask voters to legalize recreational pot  Lompoc RecordTRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A measure to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey fizzled out Wednesday when the state Senate president said he would ...

California Employs New Algorithm to Clear People of Cannabis-based Criminal Charges  TechDecisionsThe San Francisco District Attorney enlisted Code For America to eliminate barriers that were limiting the office's ability to pardon people with possession ...

Washington Expungement Law to Allow More Marijuana Charges to be Cleared  Weedmaps NewsDemocratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill May 13, 2019, aimed at erasing old misdemeanor marijuana convictions, seven years after voters in the ...

Joe Biden Supports Marijuana Decriminalization, Not Legalization  High TimesSpeaking before New Hampshire voters, 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden said he supports decriminalization, research and expungement.

Stafford Democrat seeking Va. 88th District house seat  Fauquier NowKecia Evans running in June 11 primary for nomination to challenge Del. Mark Cole.

Street Roots vendors and attorneys partner for expungement pilot • INSP  INSPThe homeless community has long been the target of police action and prosecution, often creating an insurmountable backlog of tickets and non-violent ...

Lawmakers reflect on 100th General Assembly  Fulton SunEven the Democrats agreed, Gov. Mike Parson had a good legislative session.

Help former inmates get jobs  Pittsburgh Post-GazetteMeaningful criminal justice reform is within Pennsylvania's grasp.

Expungement Reform Gains Overwhelming Bipartisan Support  Washington Free BeaconWhile some of the first federal prison reform measures in decades were enacted under President Donald Trump early this year, the White House declared April ...

The Clean Slate Act's Record-Sealing Provisions Go Further Than Cory Booker's Marijuana Justice Act  ReasonThe bill applies to all federal marijuana offenders, and it creates a process for sealing records of other nonviolent offenses.

The Future of Marijuana Expungements is Automation  ReasonExperiments in California show that the government can quickly and efficiently expunge thousands of marijuana convictions. There's no reason it shouldn't.

Republican Senator Breaks With Pritzker Over Expungement In Cannabis Deal  1340 WJOLA central Illinois Republican lawmaker is breaking with Governor Pritzker, saying a portion of the cannabis legalization plan could be a dealbreaker.

Harralson Law Evaluates Newly Eligible Expungement Cases  Yahoo FinanceRecent changes in Kentucky state legislature has expanded eligibility for persons seeking expungements. John H. Harralson III, an experienced criminal ...

Champaign circuit clerk among those working on potential issues with legal pot  Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteURBANA — Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman is working behind the scenes to prepare for what's coming when and if recreational cannabis for ...

Busted for weed? Don't worry. Michigan could have your back.  City PulseAbout three months after Jeff Carter was paroled from prison on felony weed dealing charges, recreational marijuana was legalized in Michigan. But the black ...

Goodwill hosts expungement clinic in Lexington  WKYTGoodwill and several organizations are working together to help people in Lexington clean their records and give them a second chance.

The Case for Expunging Criminal Records  The New York TimesA new study shows the benefits of giving people a clean slate.

Marijuana cannabis pot weed legalization not a revenue panacea for Illinois  Crain's Chicago BusinessThe millions in new revenue the Pritzker administration expects—if it materializes—is certainly not nothing, but it's far from enough to put Illinois' books into ...

The Cannabis Revolution Comes to the Capitol  Rolling StoneSince the dawn of the Drug War, federal legislators have stood by, or even applauded, as millions of Americans have racked up convictions for marijuana ...

Don't purge records of expunged cases | Monona / Cottage Grove Herald-Independent  hngnews.comWisconsin legislators are looking to reform current law governing the expungement of criminal records.

Live at 9: Expungement fair, Ryan Daniel and Watercooler Wednesday  WREG NewsChannel 3Check out all the Live at 9 interviews from Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Legislation expanding access to expungements heads to Delaware House  Delaware First MediaLegislation allowing more Delawareans to seal their criminal records is headed to the Delaware House.

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 ...

Marijuana legalization must benefit those disproportionately hurt by past drug laws  Binghamton University Pipe DreamAs the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York state is starting to seem less like a liberal's far-reaching wet dream and more imminent as the year ...

Clean Slate Calif. Uses Algorithm to Scrub Thousands of Cannabis Convictions Kristin Houser  FuturismMarijuana is now legal in California, but an estimated one million people in the state still suffer the consequences of past cannabis convictions. Now, a new ...

Seth Rogen joins calls for cannabis amnesty in Canada  CTV NewsActor Seth Rogen is joining calls for the Canadian government to expunge the criminal records of drug users who were convicted of simple pot possession.

Guest columnist: Life after prison in Kentucky - The State Journal  State-Journal.comBy Ronald Fraser. Guest columnist. With each criminal conviction the state of Kentucky matter-of-factly tells the defendants how long they will spend behind bars.

The mandate for system change is growing  Street Roots NewsDIRECTOR'S DESK | It's a lot of work to fix the system. It's better to prevent barriers in the first place.

Goodwill to hold expungement clinic for jobseekers - ABC 36 News  WTVQLEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It's the opportunity for those with a criminal record to have a clean slate. Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is holding an expungement ...

Free criminal record expungement, sealing clinic in Cairo  KFVSAttorneys will be available to assist eligible low-income Illinois residents, with qualifying adult misdemeanor and felony criminal records, apply to have their ...

Criminal Record Expungement Act heads to Senate with bipartisan support  KRQE News 13A bill that allows people to get an arrest or conviction taken off their record is making its way through the legislature. The Criminal Record Expungement Act is ...

Assembly panel to take input on criminal record expungement  Star TribuneA legislative committee is set to take public comments on a bill that would allow more convicts to have their records erased.

When a Criminal Record Is Erased, or Isn’t  The New York TimesA retired California judge and the Brooklyn district attorney discuss aspects of the issue, including applying for professional licenses and marijuana possession.

Expungement fair to be held in inkster Sunday, May 4  The Arab American NewsINKSTER – People with up to two misdemeanor convictions or one felony conviction can apply to have the convictions expunged from their records and receive ...

Busy month for cannabis in New Mexico  The Leaf OnlineNew Mexico legislators and the governor had a busy April, updating state cannabis laws for medical marijuana expansion, adding protection from drug tests, ...

A second chance for young offenders with NC expunction legislation  Charlotte PostThe North Carolina Senate last week unanimously passed The Second Chance Act, which will expand the opportunity for individuals to have certain nonviolent ...

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.

Clean Slate law would allow full family healing  The CT MirrorFor billions across the world, and many of us here in Connecticut, Passover and Easter are opportunities to pause our hectic schedules and re-center our ...

As Pa. considers cannabis legalization, lawmakers, Wolf need to put criminal justice reform front and center | Aryanna Berringer  Pennsylvania Capital-StarIt's May 1991. Five police cars with lights flashing were parked in the driveway as a white Nissan Sentra pulled in behind them; four kids taking up the extra seats ...

Advocates call for the free, automatic, and permanent deletion of simple cannabis possession charges  Straight.comLawyers say simple pardons can be reversed and don't go far enough to address lasting harms of prohibition-era convictions.

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 ...

Rutgers Law School Students Assist Camden-Area Residents Seeking to Expunge Criminal Records  Rutgers-Camden NewsNowBy Jeanne Leong. A minor criminal offense that happened 20 years earlier could prevent someone from getting a job or finding an apartment if a criminal ...

ACLU Pushes for Criminal Record Expungements in New Mexico  U.S. News & World ReportALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for criminal justice reform are urging Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to sign legislation that would allow for people to ...

Criminal record holders are being encouraged to seek sealing orders, expungement  Dorchester ReporterLast year's reform law expanded process Massachusetts residents with a history of criminal activity or court appearances are increasingly seeking to seal or, ...

The False Promises of Portland's Cannabis Tax - News  The Portland MercuryIt's been two years since Portland voters approved a sales tax on cannabis, having been promised the revenue would go to programs designed to help reverse ...

Here's how to get a criminal record expunged  AZ Big MediaHaving a criminal report even after being proven innocent can be a smear on your name. Find out what you can do to get a criminal record expunged. One-third ...

Proposed bill provides offenders second chance to clear criminal records  The Daily CardinalLegislators proposed a new bill to support non-violent offenders' ability to re-enter the workforce after fulfilling their sentences by extending criminal record ...

Pot pardons plan a 'token gesture': Black lawyers group  iPolitics.caA member of the association that advocates for black attorneys says the government's expedited pot pardons bill is nothing more than a “token gesture.”.

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.

San Jose students, cannabis leaders put pressure on DA Jeff Rosen  San José SpotlightSouth Bay college students and cannabis advocates on Wednesday pressured District Attorney Jeff Rosen to comply with a California law that clears the records ...

UNM Seeks Credit Hour Price Increase, Governor Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bills  KUNMUniversity Of New Mexico Proposes Upping Credit Hour Price – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press University of New Mexico officials have proposed.

Utah lawmakers pass the 'clean slate' bill to automatically clear the criminal records of people who earn an expungement  Salt Lake TribuneUtah is poised to become the second state in the nation to adopt an automatic system that will eventually wipe out the criminal records of people convicted of ...

Texas House passes bill to reduce pot penalties, facing opposition from Senate leader  KTSM News Channel 9AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tuesday the Texas House gave final approval to a bill that reduces criminal penalties for Texans who have small amounts of marijuana in ...

CT pot legalization could include expungement of criminal records  The CT MirrorSenate Democrats unveiled a slew of proposals Wednesday that would not only legalize and tax the sale of marijuana for recreational use, but also expunge ...

People with five felonies could have records sealed under new Ohio expungement law  NewsChannel 5 Cleveland - newsnet5.comA new Ohio expungement law that quietly went into effect last week gives people with five felonies a chance to seal their criminal records. The changes-- a direct ...

Richmond 34 members’ records expunged 59 years after Thalhimers sit-in  WTVR CBS 6 NewsRICHMOND, VA. -- Several members of the Richmond 34 spent part of the 59th anniversary of their Civil Rights action removing the last legal remnant of that ...

Cumberland clinic to help people expunge criminal records  The Fayetteville ObserverCumberland County's third annual expungement clinic to help people clear minor criminal histories from their record begins in March.A criminal record limits a ...

Ex-politician brutally attacked at MOA urges judge to erase his attacker's record  Star TribuneA prosecutor opposes expunging the criminal record of a 22-year-old Minneapolis woman who severely beat Mark Andrew in 2013 at the Mall of America.

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 ...

Black Workers Say Walmart's Background Checks Are Racially Discriminatory  In These TimesWhen Walmart announced in January that it was “in-sourcing” its Elwood, Illinois, distribution center, workers were cautiously optimistic. Since it opened in 2006, ...