Decriminalize Homelessness, Make Record Clearing More Accessible  Youth TodayIn cities across America, being homeless puts you at increased risk for a criminal record. You can be charged for behaviors that result simply from being ...

ACIC rep talks about sealed & expunged files  Camden NewsBrad Cazort, the director of the Arkansas Crime Information Center, spoke at the Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development's meeting Wednesday about ...

Don't Be Fooled -- Kamala Harris's "Criminal Justice" Plan Is Not Progressive  TruthoutOn Monday, Sen. Kamala Harris released her plan on criminal punishment reform — the latest Democratic presidential hopeful to do so. While some of her ...

Harris's Criminal Justice Plan Is More About Kamala Than Justice  The AppealSpotlights like this one provide original commentary and analysis on pressing criminal justice issues of the day. You can read them each day in our newsletter, ...

Pennsylvania Begins Automatically Sealing Millions of Criminal Records  GoverningOne study, conducted at the University of Michigan Law School, found people who received expungements saw their wages increase by an average of 25 ...

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.

State sees surge in requests to seal criminal records  Eagle-TribuneBOSTON — A new law making it easier for people to seal their criminal records has prompted a surge of requests, overwhelming state officials.

Few benefit from state's new expungement law  The Salem NewsBOSTON — A new law allows people to wipe clean their criminal histories, but only a handful of requests to do so have been approved, according to a review of.

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, ...

Court rejects plan to seal juvenile records  Albuquerque JournalALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Justices: Amendments don't jibe with state's general rule of transparency.

Rauner signs bills to expand criminal record sealing and juvenile record expungement  Illinois PolicyGov. Bruce Rauner signed two bills into law Aug. 24, which will make it easier for ex-offenders to obtain gainful employment and turn their lives around.

Kamala Harris's Criminal Justice Plan Focuses on Her, Not Justice  The People’s Vanguard of DavisBy Sarah Lustbader Sometimes it seems as if U.S. Senator Kamala Harris thinks we aren't paying attention. She seems to assume that if she chooses the.

Sealing Juvenile Records  New York TimesMarcy Mistrett of the Campaign for Youth Justice writes that “the juvenile court must follow its original mandate and allow all young people to have a second ...

From bail reform to restoring voting rights and sealing records, Colorado's criminal justice system is getting a makeover  The Colorado SunIf all the criminal justice measures are ultimately signed into law, the slate of bills would represent a significant and fast-moving overhaul of Colorado's justice ...

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 ...

For juvenile criminal records, privacy is too often a myth  Brookings InstitutionWhile the American juvenile justice system has recently undergone a wave of progressive reforms focused on creating pathways to re-entry, there remains an ...

Record-sealing clinic slated for July 2 in New Lex  Zanesville Times RecorderExpungement means a person no longer has to disclose their past crimes, nor will their record appear on a background check in most cases.

Every Missy Elliott Song, Ranked  VultureFrom the start of her career as one-third of the long-defunct rap trio Fayze, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has not just redefined pop music — she's consistently ...

Few taking advantage of juvenile record law  The Salem NewsBOSTON — Manoushka Gaston escaped a troubled past to attend school to become a nursing assistant in Lawrence with dreams of landing a job at an assisted ...

Delaware made it too hard to expunge juvenile records. We're fixing that.  The News JournalYouth deserve to be held accountable for mistakes, but the punishment shouldn't haunt them through adulthood, two criminal justice experts argue.

A Second Chance for Trafficking Survivors: Advocates Work to Clear Their Records  CBN NewsTrafficking advocates say one of the best ways to give victims a true second chance is through a legal tool known as vacatur--which completely erases any ...

State ruling affirms easier sealing of juvenile-court records  The Seattle TimesThe state Supreme Court finds that access to juvenile-court records is not guaranteed by the law and some files can be sealed so mistakes don't follow a young ...

Nevada's New Record-Sealing Law: 'One of Broadest' in US  Crime ReportNevada is the kind of place where a lot of people end up needing a second chance. It's a state where the booms and busts of the gaming industry have led many ...

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.

Few take advantage of expungement law  The Daily News of NewburyportBOSTON — Manoushka Gaston escaped a troubled past to attend school to become a nursing assistant in Lawrence with dreams of landing a job at an ...

Another MOULTON challenger — The story of GALVIN and DiMASI — POLITO outraises BAKER  PoliticoGOOD MORNING, MASSACHUSETTS. It is great to be back in your inbox! ANOTHER MOULTON CHALLENGER EMERGES — Rep. Seth Moulton is competing ...

A Fresh Start: Expunging Criminal Convictions  Crime ReportAt least 36 states permit adults with criminal convictions to have their records sealed or expunged, but does “wiping the slate clean” actually produce better ...

Juvenile Records Often Have Lifelong Consequences: Experts Say  Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeJuvenile records can often have serious lifelong consequences — and the remedies of expunging or sealing the records are often too costly and too complicated ...

The gift of a second chance  Illinois PolicyIllinois has started to embrace second chances for people who have been through the criminal justice system.

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.

California Governor Brown Signs SB 312 Authorizing Courts to Seal Juvenile Records for Certain Offenses  ESR NEWSCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) which authorizes courts to seal juvenile records for certain offenses.

Record sealing, expungement have the power to reduce crime, benefit Illinois' economy  Illinois PolicyIn 2017 the Illinois General Assembly passed two bills that can improve employment outcomes for ex-offenders, potentially reducing crime and saving millions of ...

Lawmakers agree to expungement of juvenile records | News | newburyportnews.com  The Daily News of NewburyportBOSTON — Juvenile criminal records can haunt people long past their punishments, preventing them from getting a job, housing or going to college.

Advocates fight to erase shadow of juvenile court records  The Boston GlobeMass. is among 19 states that do not allow people to expunge their juvenile records.

Should juvenile criminal records be kept secret?  Albuquerque JournalALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Advocates weigh in on rule changes that would seal most cases – from rape to vandalism.

Former O.C. probation officer uses career as a backdrop in her mystery novels  Los Angeles TimesShe was the first female in the department to carry a male caseload, and the first female director of the now-closed Los Pinos camp for juvenile offenders in.

California passes legislation permitting individuals to seal juvenile records  Daily CalifornianCalifornia passed legislation on Tuesday, allowing individuals convicted of a crime before their 17th birthday to have their criminal records sealed.

Need your criminal record expunged? It just got a lot easier. Here's how it works  NJ.comBy Rebecca Everett | For NJ.com. If you've ever tried to get convictions expunged from your criminal record and found out you don't qualify, you might now be in ...

Expungement process in North Dakota's Measure 3 criticized as 'remarkably horrible'  Grand Forks HeraldBISMARCK -- If North Dakota voters pass Measure 3 to legalize recreational marijuana, its passage would call for expungement of marijuana-related convictions ...

Judge orders new pre-sentencing report in Ielpi case  Brattleboro ReformerBRATTLEBORO — A Windham Superior Court judge has ordered a new pre-sentence investigatory report for Andrew Ielpi of Rockingham and ordered the old ...

California bill would seal millions of criminal records to help former offenders find work | TheHill  The HillA bill recently introduced in California's legislature would seal millions of criminal convictions, a move that could help low-level offenders find work, housing and ...

How Miami-Dade Prosecutors Deliver a 'Second Chance'  Crime ReportIn the daily administration of a prosecutor's office, large or small, our duties bring us face to face with individuals enveloped by crisis, chaos, and/or one or more ...

USM report busts myth that juvenile criminal records are sealed at 18  Press HeraldThe widespread misconception means records that people think are blocked from view can come back to haunt them later in life. By Matt ByrneStaff Writer.

New law will erase some juvenile records in Colorado  KKTV 11 NewsIt is now easier for teenagers to erase their criminal records in the Centennial State.

Cuomo's “Carceral Humanism”  Jacobin magazineAndrew Cuomo is being touted as a 2020 presidential contender. But his juvenile justice reform law does more to shore up the carceral state than attack it.

Free Expungement Workshop Set for April 11 for Broward Residents  Hollywood GazetteHave you ever been arrested in Broward County? Do you want to know if you qualify to have your adult or juvenile record sealed or expunged? If you were ...

Laws & Order: Legislators In Washington Region To Debate Overhaul Of Criminal Justice Laws  WAMU 88.5While bipartisanship is rare in government these days, criminal justice has become an issue where many Democrats and Republicans can agree that changes ...

Mass. Legislature Poised To Allow Expungement Of Some Juvenile Criminal Records  WBURWhen juveniles are convicted of crimes in the state of Massachusetts, their criminal records may haunt them long past their punishments, with the potential to ...

200 new Colorado laws are taking effect this summer. Here are 9 worth noting.  The ColoradoanHere's the lowdown on nine of the most interesting Colorado laws taking effect this summer, including child marriage limits and new rights for renters.

Convicted killer wants record sealed, prosecutor pushes back  KING5.comA convicted child killer wants his court records sealed so he can get on with his life, but a county prosecutor is pushing back. Steven Anthony Rickards was just ...

How Mining Criminal History Records Can Shape the Future of Criminal Justice  Crime ReportWe live in an era in which the fundamental assumptions of our approach to crime and justice are being questioned. We are witnessing a reform movement that ...

Court suspends juvenile record amendments  Albuquerque JournalALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Amendments to a court rule that made juvenile records inaccessible to the public are being suspended by the New Mexico Supreme ...

Voter Guide: Hennepin County Attorney  Southwest JournalThe race for Hennepin County Attorney offers a challenger focused on second chances and an incumbent focused on deep experience. The DFL-endorsed ...

Criminal Justice, Climate Change, and Medicare for All: A Reading List on Some of Cory Booker's Key Issues  Pacific StandardSenator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) officially entered the 2020 presidential race on Friday, February 1st, the first day of Black History Month. Booker is the ...

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 ...

Senate criminal reform bill addresses juvenile justice, changing age of adulthood  Worcester TelegramBOSTON – Activists are applauding as a step in the right direction a package of juvenile justice provisions included in a comprehensive Massachusetts Senate ...

State law that keeps juvenile records private also shields police from scrutiny, advocates say  Chicago TribuneLawmakers strengthened the Juvenile Court Act in 2015, but it's having the unintended consequence of obscuring interactions between juveniles and police.

Judge denies former juvenile corrections nurse's motion to seal record  Idaho Press-TribuneCALDWELL — A judge has denied a motion to seal the record of a former nurse whose charges of sexual misconduct with juveniles were dismissed.

More Second Chances for Washington Youth with New Juvenile Justice Diversion Law  The Chronicle of Social ChangeNew law aims to divert youth from the juvenile justice system and strengthen the state's network of community-based *service* providers.

Florida’s latest assault on transparency: sealing names of foster parents | Opinion  Miami HeraldWhen detectives asked Michael Beer's young daughter to demonstrate how Beer handled the toddler state child welfare authorities placed in his care, the girl ...

Tech-Savvy Teens Make It Easier to Clear Juvenile Records  GoverningMost people don't know they can get their juvenile records erased. Thanks to a group of young people, there's now an app for that.

Obama's 'Sealed' Records  FactCheck.orgQ: Are Obama's early records “sealed”? A: No. Many records that presidential candidates don't ordinarily release do remain confidential, but they are not ...

THE BIG DEAL: 2019 Colorado Legislature bets big with new laws for everyone  Sentinel ColoradoIt's State lawmakers who changed your life 460 times this year. Enjoy. You just might do that if you're late on your rent and worried about eviction, if your ...

Simplifying How the Courts Seal Criminal Records  The AtlanticNew legislation in Pennsylvania would change the now-costly and time-consuming process—and mitigate the employment obstacles people face when they ...

Court Seals File in Highlands Ranch (Colorado) School Shooting Case  ReasonBrandon Combs pointed me to the news about the case being sealed, so I reached out to Denver-based First Amendment lawyer Steve Zansberg, a partner at ...

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.

Path to getting court to seal record not always clear  Virginia Lawyers WeeklyBy Erik Baines. records_main Statutes and the common law govern the court's authority to seal (or sequester) its record. See generally Shenandoah Pub. House ...

Participatory Defense Could Open Up Juvenile Court, Helping Both Accused, Society  Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeJuvenile court proceedings are closed to the public for good reason. As a matter of policy, we want to safeguard the privacy of young people charged with ...

Cooper signs law making it easier for some to clear criminal slates  News & ObserverGov. Roy Cooper praised the law as a bipartisan effort making it easier for some to have their criminal records expunged.

Lawsuit Challenges Police Use of Sealed Arrest Records  The New York TimesThe police in New York routinely use and share sealed arrest records of people cleared of crimes without necessary court approval, the suit charges.

New Minn. law on juvenile court records stirs debate  Minneapolis Star TribuneA disagreement over a new state law limiting electronic access to some juvenile court records is headed for a public hearing next month. The law, which was to ...

Why Does the US Sentence Children to Life in Prison?  JSTOR DailyThe U.S. is the only country in the world that sentences people to die in prison for offenses committed while under the age of 18.

Paying to Get Locked Up: The High Fees of Juvenile Detention  ColorLines magazineParents are charged $25 a day every day that their child is locked up, and that's just one of many fees assessed for kids in the juvenile justice system.

Prosecutor outs effort to seal juvenile murder conviction  The Daily HeraldThe Skagit County prosecutor alerted the media that Steven Rickards was trying to have the records sealed.

The ACLU and The Leadership Conference Support S.756, and Urge Senators to Vote Yes on Cloture and No On All Amendments  Civilrights.orgView a PDF of this letter here. Re: THE ACLU AND THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE SUPPORT S.756, and URGE YOU to VOTE YES ON CLOTURE and NO ...

Sealing Criminal Records for the Possibility of Redemption  Pacific StandardSenators Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)—two men who have opposing politics on paper but very similar reputations for their ...

This Study Found That as Immigration Increases, Violent Crime Decreases  ColorLines magazineA new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice undercuts President Donald Trump's claims that immigrants are criminals who make America ...

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.

Media Ask High Court to Unseal Execution Case Records  Crime ReportAlabama executed convicted murderer Christopher Price on May 30 after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution. Half of the briefs in the ...

Rauner signs bill removing barriers for human trafficking survivors  Illinois PolicyGov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law a measure allowing human trafficking survivors to apply to have their criminal records sealed for offences committed ...

Mount Vernon woman sues staffing firms for blocking job over juvenile record  Westfair OnlineMount Vernon woman sues staffing companies for alleged violations of Fair Credit Reporting Act, for blocking health care job after background check finds ...

New Minnesota law makes it easier to expunge criminal records  Minneapolis Star TribuneIn Minnesota, employers are allowed to make blanket prohibitions on hiring people with criminal records. Now, some ex-offenders have the option of a second ...

Two New Nevada Record Sealing Laws Go Into Effect  Public News ServiceCARSON CITY, Nev. – An eviction or a criminal conviction can follow a person for decades, making it difficult to get housing or a job. But two new state laws that ...

Land of Lincoln hosts clinic to expunge or seal criminal records in Carbondale  The SouthernCARBONDALE — Several residents used a clinic in downtown Carbondale Saturday to take the first step in moving forward a prior criminal conviction.

Trying Juveniles  New York TimesChina has made significant strides in the handling of juvenile delinquents.

The ACLU and The Leadership Conference Urge Members of Congress to Support S.756, the FIRST STEP Act  Civilrights.orgView a PDF of this letter here. Re: THE ACLU AND THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE URGE YOU TO SUPPORT S.756, THE FIRST STEP Act. Dear Speaker ...

CommonWealth Magazine  CommonWealth magazine“DO YOU BELIEVE in second chances?” That is the most commonly asked question I receive when I speak to students as part of judicial-school outreach.

More Of That, Please: From Giving Criminal Records To Expunging Them  WGLT NewsEvery week or so on GLT's The Leadoff podcast, we'll bring you the story of an unsung community servant who's making Bloomington-Normal a better place. It.

How much jail will my son get for evading and eluding police? - Juvenile Law Legal Blogs Posted by William R. Pelger  Lawyers.com Blogby William R. Pelger. Posted on May 27, 2017 in Juvenile Law. Q: My son (19) took the state cops on high speed chase reaching speed limits of 130 miles per ...

Your Illinois News Radar » About that expungement issue  The Capitol Fax BlogTuesday, May 21, 2019. * From the other day… A Republican state senator on Wednesday suggested that Illinois' Democratic governor issue a mass pardon of ...

Polis to sign bills on alcohol, justice and wages Tuesday  coloradopolitics.comGov. Jared Polis' office on Saturday announced a flurry of post-Memorial Day bill signings to address criminal justice, social programs, jobs, wages and even an ...

Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell play key roles in justice reform  Courier JournalBoth Kentucky senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell will play pivotal roles in the survival of a bipartisan justice-reform bill.

Youth’s case offers glimpse into juvenile justice system  Albuquerque JournalNewly unsealed records show a fight derailed 18-year-old's probation.

A new standard: Legislation is raising New York's age of culpability - Buffalo Business First  Buffalo Business FirstWith the phasing in this year and next of New York state's Raise-the-Age legislation, more teens will have a shot at rehabilitation.

Free birth certificate clinic to be held in Norristown June 25  The Times HeraldNORRISTOWN — Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania will hold a free birth certificate clinic on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at George ...

The Dangerous Myth That Juvenile Criminal Records Are Sealed Forever  Vocativ“A juvenile's record is sealed at a certain age. The charges get dropped. It's automatic.” It's a common belief that any encounters a young person might have with ...

Free legal services for people trying to seal their criminal records  The Denver PostThe first of 17 free legal clinics designed specifically to help people trying to seal their criminal record will be held in Denver on Saturday. The clinics, which will ...

Detroit residents can get nonviolent records expunged on Saturday  Detroit Free PressDetroiters can head downtown Saturday for Project Clean Slate's fair to get their nonviolent criminal background records expunged.

New Illinois law allows more residents to seal, expunge records during Second Chance Event  RiverBender.comVENICE Second Chance Saturday may be able to help even more Madison County residents with the passage of a new Illinois law.The event will be held from.

COMMUNITY SERVICE SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHMENT - Criminal Law Legal Blogs Posted by Jason W. Swindle, Sr.  Lawyers.com BlogCOMMUNITY *SERVICE* SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHMENT - Read the Criminal Law legal blogs that have been posted by Jason W. Swindle, Sr. on Lawyers.com.