Editorial: Millions of Californians are eligible to clear their criminal records, but it takes time and money  Los Angeles TimesOne of the bedrock principles of the criminal justice system is that, with limited exceptions, offenders return to society as full members with all rights and ...

Expunged  GoverningHalf of all the criminal records in Pennsylvania—covering some 30 million cases—are about to be sealed over the next year, helping people who had minor ...

Op-Ed: How California can use technology to wipe the slate clean for millions with criminal records  Los Angeles TimesSeen and unseen, algorithms are being used every day to target ads, optimize decisions, and determine which *content* and articles (including this one) we see.

About 160,000 People in New York to See Their Marijuana Convictions Disappear  The New York TimesUnder a new law, New York State will expunge the records of those convicted of low-level marijuana crimes.

Bipartisan expungement reform plan package introduced by state lawmakers  The Michigan DailySeveral state lawmakers introduced a new expungement reform plan package on Sept. 9. The package includes six separate bills aimed at changing various ...

Pennsylvania County Owes $67 Million After Man Finds Arrest Records on Mugshots.com  The AppealIn 2011, Daryoush Taha's friend alerted him to something shocking: Taha's photograph and personal information on the website Mugshots.com. Taha, then 40 ...

Got priors? Madison County is helping 100 people clear criminal records.  Alton TelegraphWOOD RIVER — Madison County and Land of Lincoln Legal Aid are joining forces next month to host Madison County Ready to Work Expungement Day.

New Yorkers can get marijuana convictions expunged under new law  New York Post Starting Wednesday, thousands of New Yorkers will be eligible to have low-level marijuana convictions wiped clean from their records under a new law.

Madison County to host Expungement Day | Illinois Suburban Journals  STLtoday.comMadison County and Land of Lincoln Legal Aid are joining forces later this month to host a free event, Madison County Ready to Work Expungement Day, ...

Free presentation to focus on criminal records - News  Times Record"Clean Your Slate: Sealing Criminal Records Under Arkansas Law" will be presented at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Sebastian County District Law Library, 100 N. 16th ...

County debuts 'Project Reset' to help residents clear, seal records  South Pittsburgh ReporterCounty Executive Rich Fitzgerald was joined by Judge Elliot Howsie, District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., Chief Public Defender T. Matthew.

Quincy dispensary seeks to help people with marijuana convictions  The Patriot LedgerQUINCY — A Quincy-based medical marijuana dispensary is seeking to help people clear their records of marijuana convictions from the days when the drug ...

NJ Governor Vetoes Cannabis Expungement, Calls for Stronger Bill  LeaflyAnyone with a New Jersey cannabis conviction could be in for good news if state lawmakers decide to enact criminal justice reforms suggested by Gov.

Can lowered penalties for drug possession help solve Colorado's addiction crisis?  The ColoradoanDrug possession will become a misdemeanor in Colorado next year as part of an effort to change the state's approach to drug addiction.

No ruling on bid to seal records | Courts | Journal Gazette  Fort Wayne Journal GazetteA special judge appointed to handle a criminal case against the daughter of Allen County's top public defender did not rule Monday on a request to seal court ...

What’s New in Civic Tech: GovEx Academy Leader Leaving  Government TechnologyPlus, CDC provides $301 million of funding to opioid-related data work; the Urban Institute has published a new data catalog; California civic tech groups are ...

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 ...

California Justices Order Sunlight on Clemency Files  Courthouse News Service(CN) – The California Supreme Court has ordered Gov. Gavin Newsom to unseal court documents related to clemency applications for six convicted felons.

Murphy rejects bill to clear weed convictions in N.J. He offers his own plan.  NJ.comEDITOR'S NOTE: NJ Cannabis Insider features exclusive, premium *content* for those interested in getting in on the ground floor or expanding their operation.

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 ...

Criminal records can be a ‘life sentence to poverty.’ This state is automatically sealing some.  Washington PostResearch shows that the vast majority of people who could expunge their criminal records never do it. Petitioning for a clean record can be confusing and costly.

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 ...

Governor Murphy Strengthens Expungement Reforms and Provides for Pathway to Automatic Expungement  InsiderNJGovernor's Conditional Veto Also Requires Sealing of Marijuana Offenses and Allows for “Clean Slate” Expungements for Those Who Have Clean Records for ...

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

National Expungement Week (NEW) Returns September 21-28, 2019  PRNewswireNEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The second annual National Expungement Week (N.E.W) will be held from September 21-28, 2019, with events in ...

Pennsylvania Becomes First State To Automatically Seal Certain Criminal Records  CBS PittsburghPITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania began automatically sealing criminal records from over 30 million cases Friday under the Clean Slate law. It's the first ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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, ...

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.

New York's first steps toward marijuana decriminalization start this week  WXXI NewsNew York state lawmakers passed sweeping changes to the criminal justice system this year, including how prosecutors have to handle low-level drug offenses.

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 ...

Historic Pa. law to automatically seal millions of criminal charges starting Friday  WHYYStarting Friday, 40 million criminal charges in Pa. will be eligible for automatic sealing, potentially giving thousands of residents a second chance.

On the Mystery of the McCabe Grand Jury  LawfareDid a federal grand jury refuse to hand up an indictment of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe? No media organization has reported that this is what ...

Pennsylvania Passes Clean Slate Act, Will Seal More Than 30 Million Criminal Records  ReasonThe law will reopen critical channels to employment and housing that might otherwise be closed.

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

California bill seeks to automatically seal 8M criminal records  UPI NewsApril 15 (UPI) -- A proposal making its way through the California Assembly would automatically seal low-level criminal records -- part of a growing effort by ...

Weekly top reads: Auburn police officer investigated, Auburn football wins again, Auburn art event  Auburn CitizenAnd then there were 52. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision confirmed Wednesday that Lincoln Correctional Facility in Manhattan ...

National Expungement Week Returns September 21-28, 2019  mg Cannabis RetailerNEW YORK – The second annual National Expungement Week (N.E.W) will be held from September 21-28, 2019, with events in 30 cities throughout the country ...

People Convicted of Low-Level Marijuana Crimes in Manhattan Will Have Records Sealed  The Wall Street JournalRoughly 350 people convicted of misdemeanor marijuana crimes in Manhattan will have their offenses hidden from public criminal records under a new ...

Goodwill holds criminal record sealing clinic for those struggling to get a job  THV11.com KTHVThe Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Goodwill Industries will hold a free record sealing clinic for those having trouble finding a job due to criminal history.

Can’t get a job, housing because of a criminal record in California? This bill might help  Press-EnterpriseMillions of Californians who ran afoul of the law could have their criminal records automatically expunged – potentially clearing hurdles to jobs and housing to ...

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 ...

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 ...

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy Makes Significant Decision On Marijuana  Livingston, NJ PatchNJ Gov. Phil Murphy Makes Marijuana Decision - Livingston, NJ - Here's what NJ Gov. Phil Murphy has done that many who view marijuana legalization as ...

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 ...

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 ...

New Illinois law ends $120 fee to clear false criminal records in Cook County  Illinois PolicyA bill signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker will renew a pilot program in Cook County that waives fees for the expungement or sealing of criminal records for those ...

Denton hopes to send new leadership to appraisal district board  Denton Record ChronicleSome Denton government officials are considering *fresh* nominations for the Denton Central Appraisal District board as appraisal districts undergo statewide ...

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.

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.

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.

National Expungement Week 2019 Events To Take Place Across The U.S.  Candid ChronicleCandid Chronicle is the #1 source for medical & recreational weed, marijuana, cannabis, CBD, hemp news, education, reviews & *content*.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

More Than 24,000 People Get Marijuana Convictions Expunged  UNILADA New York State law decriminalising marijuana took effect yesterday, with more than 24,000 people having their records wiped clean of marijuana convictions.

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 ...

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 ...

Monday Morning Thoughts: Is It All Just Propaganda Coming Out of the DA's Office on Marijuana Expungements?  The People’s Vanguard of DavisYou always need to check the fine print on Yolo County DA press releases. Let's be clear: it is a good thing that the DA's office has moved to expunge “all eligible ...

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 ...

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 ...

Warren offers anti-corruption plan central to her campaign  Traverse City Record EagleNEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has released a sweeping anti-government corruption proposal, providing a detailed policy roadmap for a fight she says is ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Springfield event to help people expunge, seal arrest records  The State Journal-RegisterJoy Burgess calls the Sangamon County Expungement and Record Sealing Summit “a chance for people to get it right.”Burgess, a legal secretary for Land of ...

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.

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.

New online tool can help county residents have arrest records expunged  Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAllegheny County officials announced a new online tool Tuesday to allow people with previous involvement in the justice system to help clear or seal their ...

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.

Chester County starts wiping slate clean on arrest records  Daily Local NewsWEST CHESTER — Imagine you are a West Chester University graduate, Class of 2010. When you were a sophomore in 2008, you had too much to drink one ...

How A Sealed Arrest Can Get You Arrested In New York  Gothamist"A provision in the proposed marijuana legalization bill would change how the criminal justice system treats all past and future court records, but if passed in its ...

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 ...

California May Automatically Expunge 1 Million Convictions  KTXL FOX 40 SacramentoSACRAMENTO (AP) — California has already moved to automatically expunge the records of those convicted of qualifying marijuana crimes. Now, Democratic ...

New ND law allows those with criminal records to have them sealed from public  Valley News LiveToday marks the start of many new laws around the Valley, but there's one in North Dakota that has some people scratching their heads. The state's new criminal ...

Bill proposes to seal non-violent, weed-related federal crime records  Pittsburgh Post-GazetteA bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Congress wants to give a second chance to Americans arrested for non-violent federal crimes related to possession of ...

Bill to expand criminal record expungement introduced  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 ...

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, ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

California could seal away criminal records for millions  Bakersfield NowBAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A new bill making its way through the state legislature supports sealing criminal records for certain felonies and ...

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 ...

PA Clean Slate Criminal Records  ESR NEWSOn June 28, 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that the “Clean Slate” law will start the automatic sealing of criminal records.

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.