Criminal records can be a ‘life sentence to poverty.’ This state is automatically sealing some.  Washington PostPa. to automatically seal 30 million criminal records as part of Clean Slate law  KYW Newsradio 1060Pennsylvania automatically sealing some criminal records  SFGateRecords on summaries, nonviolent crimes to be sealed under state's 'Clean Slate' law  Observer-ReporterMillions of records sealed in Pennsylvania criminal justice reform effort  TribLIVEView full coverage on Google News

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

Marijuana Helps Control His Seizures, but the Courts Won't Seal His Criminal Record  Washington City PaperThe D.C. Council is considering two bills to tax and regulate weed.

Automatic sealing of some criminal files started in Pa.  Butler EagleHARRISBURG — Lower-level criminal convictions in Pennsylvania began to be automatically sealed Friday under a state law touted as a way to give offenders ...

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.

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 ...

Ayoola Ajayi, suspect in MacKenzie Lueck's murder, expunged his Utah theft case, clearing his record  Salt Lake TribuneThe 2012 report from Utah State University says police there wanted Ayoola Ajayi charged with a class B misdemeanor for stealing an iPad. What happened ...

Historic Pa. law to automatically seal millions of criminal charges starting Friday  WHYYThat's the number of criminal charges in Pennsylvania that will be eligible for automatic sealing when the second phase of the state's Clean Slate law kicks in ...

30 million criminal cases will be sealed in Pennsylvania starting Friday. Here’s what you need to know  Allentown Morning CallPennsylvania's Clean Slate law is the first in the nation to automatically seal some criminal records via technology. Starting Friday, an automated computer ...

Sealing Records of a Teacher's Prosecution for Sexual Conduct with Underage Students?  ReasonAn interesting Massachusetts decision from a couple of months ago, upholding a trial court's refusal to seal under such circumstances.

PA becomes first state to institute Clean Slate law to seal old and minor criminal records  GenerocityCommunity Legal Services believes that in the first month alone of Clean Slate, more charges will be cleared in Pennsylvania than have ever been cleared ...

Bipartisan pair looks to take Pa. Clean Slate a step further  WHYYThe Clean Slate law automatically seals records for non-convictions, summary offenses, and most nonviolent misdemeanors after ten years with no further ...

Clean Slate's noble intent has unhealthy side effects  Butler EagleHarrisburg, we have a problem. The launch of House Bill 1419 — Pennsylvania's Clean Slate Act — blasted off July 1 on a yearlong, speed-of-light mission to ...

Bipartisan pair looks to take Clean Slate a step further | State House Sound Bites  witf.orgThe state Capitol building in Harrisburg. (Tom Downing/WITF) (Harrisburg) -- Just a few weeks after Pennsylvania's landmark criminal record-sealing law took ...

THE WEEK IN REVIEW | Local News  The Harvell gazetteMayor recognizes standout residents. Mayor James Fiorentini recognized three Haverhill residents for their volunteerism and commitment to the city at this year's ...

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 ...

Expunging and Sealing: Who Sees What?  LexologyCriminal backgrounds create a difficult barrier for people trying to find employment. Expunging and sealing criminal records lifts this barrier and…

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.

Marijuana Businesses Tell Congress That Legal Pot Needs More Diversity | Westword  WestwordA group of over 100 legal marijuana businesses and organizations sent a letter to Congressional leaders calling for federal legalization of the plant, but the ...

Westminster man indicted by federal grand jury after allegedly threatening member of Congress  Baltimore SunDarryl Albert Varnum, of the 300 block of Barnes Avenue, was indicted Wednesday by the Grand Jury for the District of Maryland on one felony count of ...

Expungment: Record may be removed but still seen in places  Tahlequah Daily PressSometimes, when an individual who commits a crime meets certain conditions, a judge can make the record disappear, although anyone looking for it might still ...

Legislation would drop felony drug possession charge, require judges to consider treatment  Akron Beacon JournalBipartisan drug sentencing reforms are gaining momentum in the Ohio House and Senate.A House proposal would require judges to consider addiction ...

Law restricts access to criminal records  Butler EagleAccess to criminal records will be restricted as the county embarks on a yearlong process to seal records from public view as part of a statewide effort to ...

Advocates push for broader criminal record expungment  LimaOhio.comLIMA — Iyisha Russell is looking for redemption. But second chances are hard to come by for those who have a criminal record, even when the crime was.

Expunge old marijuana convictions now  New York Daily NewsWith just hours left in their calendar, legislators are working feverishly to forge consensus on marijuana use in New York. Throughout the drawn-out debate, ...

Documents Related to Stormy Daniels Pay Off to be Released  TIME(NEW YORK) — Federal prosecutors have told a judge in New York they have concluded their investigation into campaign finance crimes committed by ...

New program allows for records to be expunged  Pontiac Daily LeaderLivingston County has a new way for criminals to get their records wiped clean. Prairie State Legal Services of Bloomington has partnered with Livingston ...

Marijuana conviction records to be sealed in NY  NEWS10 ABCThe marijuana decriminalization bill that passed the New York State legislature hasn't been signed into law yet.

Chris Long and Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins help Clean Slate Act become law  The Philadelphia InquirerJust hours after the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins, 34-24, in 2017, Jenkins and his teammates at the time, Chris Long and Torrey Smith, were sitting in ...

Filing fee eliminated to seal records  El Dorado News-TimesUnion County State District Judge Jack W. Barker is reminding the public that the Arkansas Legislature recently passed Act 680 of 2019, which will go into effect ...

Restoration of voting rights, record sealing for decriminalized offenses take effect  The Nevada IndependentMore than 250 bills take effect either in whole or in part on Monday, from a measure that immediately restores voting rights for formerly incarcerated individuals ...

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

Police are using Lancaster's marijuana decriminalization ordinance, data shows  LancasterOnlineLancaster city police are making use of a new city ordinance to go a little easier on marijuana users, new data shows.

Gov. Phil Murphy can end long-term solitary confinement in N.J. — and help end it in Pa. | Editorial  The Philadelphia InquirerEnsuring success in reentry should start by not inflicting irreparable harm during incarceration.

More than 5,000 Capital Region marijuana convictions to be sealed  Times Union ALBANY — Legislation that will further decriminalize marijuana and expunge low-level convictions is expected to result in the sealing of more than 5,000 cases ...

WATCH: 11 Indiana Cops Detain Entire Bar to Conduct Background Checks on Patrons  News MavenVideo posted to FB shows Indiana cops detaining an entire bar, sealing off exits & forcing record checks on all patrons.

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 ...

Trump's Human Trafficking Record Is Fake News  Foreign PolicySince taking office in 2017, the Trump administration has claimed that its human rights agenda centers on human trafficking. “My Administration continues to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Man Sues Anti-Homosexuality Group for Libel, Loses, Unsuccessfully Tries to Seal Court Opinions  ReasonThe plaintiff had pleaded guilty to, among other things, having sex with a minor (apparently when he was 21 and the minor was 15); the alleged libel stemmed ...

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.

To the editor: Ending free parking brings unintended consequences  Toledo BladeRegarding the removal of the free lunch time parking and other changes, let me start by saying that I get it. But downtown is so successful now because it ...

Erie County DA won't wait for Albany on marijuana decriminalization  Buffalo NewsErie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has shown good judgment in two cases in which he exercised prosecutorial discretion. (John Hickey/News file photo).

June 28th Playbook  PoliticsPAWritten by PoliticsPA Staff. The state Senate approves the $34 billion budget to send to Gov. Tom Wolf. Good morning politicos, here is the Playbook.

Democrats seek to scrub criminal records to prevent prolonged punishment  The Colorado IndependentRecord sealing bill aims to give people a clean slate after searving their time in the criminal justice system.

Criminal Justice Reform in America: Confronting Reentry Challenges  JD SupraThe United States comprises about 4% of the world's population – and houses about 22% of the world's prison population. The U.S. Department of Justice ...

New law seeks to provide relief for offenders - The Stanly News & Press  Stanly News & PressLate last month, Pennsylvania passed a law allowing for more than 40 million criminal charges to be eligible for automatic sealing. Under the statute, dubbed the ...

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

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.

Court Refuses to Issue Gag Order and Sealing Order in Sexual Harassment Suit Against YMCA of Pikes Peak  ReasonJulie Slivka sued her former employer, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, and her former coworker (and fellow manager) Carlos Lozano, claiming that Lozano ...

How judges added to the grim toll of opioids  ReutersIn case after case, U.S. judges sealed evidence about the risks - the result of a lethal secrecy that Reuters found shrouds many product-liability cases.

House crime bill has a hidden cancer: Sealing criminal records | Editorial  Orlando SentinelThe Florida House has introduced a crime reform bill with lots to like with one glaring exception: It would automatically seal criminal records for people who ...

Making Sense of the NFL’s Controversial Decision to Not Suspend Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill  Sports IllustratedRB Tyreek Hill has avoided NFL suspension despite accusations of child abuse and making a threatening remark to his fiancée. What convinced Roger Goodell ...

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.

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, ...

Ohio lawmakers consider bills to decriminalize drug crimes  Youngstown VindicatorAssociated Press. AKRON. Bills working their way through the Ohio Legislature would reduce punishment for some drug crimes while favoring treatment over ...

Victims’ Rights Groups Feel Blindsided By Bill To Seal Criminal Records  CBS DenverDENVER (CBS4)– An effort to erase the criminal records of thousands of Coloradans has some victims fuming. A bill at the state Capitol would expand the types ...

California bill seeks to automatically seal 8M criminal records  UPI NewsA proposal making its way through the California Assembly would automatically seal low-level criminal records.

Conservatives urge Kemp to revive criminal justice council  Atlanta Journal ConstitutionGov. Brian Kemp is under pressure from a coalition of conservatives led by the FreedomWorks advocacy group to revive a criminal justice council his ...

Gandara Center employees learn process of expunging, sealing criminal records  WWLP.comWorkers at the Gandara Center in Holyoke took part in a workshop Friday hosted by the Hampden County DA's Office to learn about the process of expunging ...

New expungement law expands list of offenses that can be scrubbed  vtdigger.orgWindsor County State's Attorney David Cahill, right, helps a White River Junction resident fill out paperwork last year to have a misdemeanor marijuana ...

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 ...

Clean Slate Act Helps Seal Criminal Records | Gross McGinley LLP  JD SupraDid something stupid a long time ago, that continues to haunt you to this day? Whether it is problematic or just highly embarrassing, submitting to a criminal ...

Criminal Convictions Behind Them, Few Have Had Their Records Sealed  The New York TimesA recent New York State law allows people convicted of certain crimes to hide the record from public view. So far, only 346 records have been sealed.

Editorial: Dont let Florida lawmakers seal criminal records, hide from the public  Palm Beach PostA sneaky measure making its way through the Florida House of Representatives would require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to ...

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 ...

California Bill Would Seal 8 Million Criminal Convictions  Capital Public Radio News(AP) — A Northern California lawmaker and district attorney announced Thursday a proposed law that would automatically clear some 8 million criminal ...

Shrouded in secrecy: Details in prosecutor's criminal case confidential; sentencing set for Wednesday  Daily JournalJohnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper is set to be sentenced next week on three felony charges, but as his removal from office approaches, the public knows ...

October criminal record expungement event set in Springfield  Chicago Daily HeraldSPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- About 20 attorneys plan to volunteer this fall to help people expunge or seal their criminal records. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register ...

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 ...

Pharma defendants invoke SCOTUS in bid to keep prescription data secret  Reuters(Reuters) - Faced with a ruling from the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals that could publicly expose crucial data about where prescription opioids were sold, ...

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

How Tiffany Cabán compares to New York City DAs  City & StateUnder longtime Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Queens' prosecutorial policies were among the most aggressive and punitive in the five boroughs of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tenants in eviction cases get powerful Beacon Hill ally in Boston Mayor Marty Walsh  MassLive.comWalsh testified before the Judiciary Committee on a bill that would guarantee a right to counsel for poor tenants in eviction cases.

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, ...

Bill to expand criminal record expungement introduced | Local News  The Star BeaconCOLUMBUS — Two state senators introduced a bi-partisan bill this week that would offer the eventual expungement of criminal records for certain felony ...

Clean Slate program gives people with old criminal records chance to seal records  The TimesPeople with old criminal records may have a chance at *fresh* start through new state legislation that recently went into effect.

Rap Sheets Haunt Former Inmates. California May Change That.  The New York TimesA proposed law would make California the first state to automatically seal from public view the criminal records of people with misdemeanor or lower-level felony ...

Arkansas Bill Would Seal Criminal Records for Some Convicted Felons  KNWAArkansas Legislators are bringing a bill to the table that would allow criminals of non-violent crimes to have their record automatically removed from public ...

Community Action promotes sealing criminal records to increase employ-ability  Portsmouth Daily TimesWe continue to find it extremely helpful,” said Steve Sturgill, executive director of the Community Action Organization of Scioto County, addi.

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 ...

Sangamon County offering to expunge criminal records  FOX IllinoisIn just a few weeks, anyone with a criminal record in Sangamon County will have the chance to see whether or not their charges can be expunged, or removed ...

De Castroverde Law Group launches service to help clients seal criminal records  Nevada Business MagazineLAS VEGAS –De Castroverde Law Group, one of Las Vegas' most well-respected law firms specializing in criminal, personal injury, and immigration law, has ...

Nevada Governor signs criminal justice reform bills  KOLOCARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's governor has signed criminal justice reform bills that restore voting rights to convicted felons and streamlines the process ...

New Clean Slate Law allows sealing of certain criminal cases  WPVI-TVCertain Pennsylvania residents who've run afoul of the law will start the new year with a clean slate.

North Dakota House passes pair of record-sealing bills  Bismarck TribuneThe North Dakota House passed a pair of bills allowing for sealing criminal records of DUIs and other offenses Wednesday in what lawmakers pitched as an ...

New bill could make it easier to clean nonviolent offenses off your record  The News JournalU.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester has a bill that would make it easier for nonviolent offenses to be sealed — sometimes without the person having to ask.

76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic  The Washington PostAmerica's largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation's deadliest ...

Republicans, Democrats seek to expunge more court records to help low-level offenders get jobs  Milwaukee Journal SentinelMADISON - A bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday proposed allowing judges to seal more records of low-level criminal offenses, which they said could help ...

Left and Right Agree on Criminal Justice: They Were Both Wrong Before  The New York TimesIn a new report, Democrats and Republicans denounced the “tough on crime” approach as unsparingly as they once promoted it.

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

Few benefit from state's new expungement law | Local News  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.

Changes in Ohio Laws Could Help Give Ex-Offenders New Opportunities  WOSUOver the last seven years, Ohio's been slowly changing a set of laws that many believe keeps ex-offenders from getting jobs, paying child support and even.

Jussie Smollett case | Court files remain sealed; no expungement sought  Chicago Sun-TimesRecords in Jussie Smollett's criminal case remain sealed to the public, and the actor has not sought to expunge the case in the two days since Cook County ...

Arkansas bill would automatically seal some criminal records  WREG NewsChannel 3An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing that some non-violent offenders be allowed to have their criminal records automatically sealed.