Clean Slate Campaign Launched to Automate Clearing of Criminal Records for Reformed Ex-Offenders  ESR NEWSOn November 15, 2018, the Center for American Progress (CAP) – an independent nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans ...

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.

After arrests for shootings in Chicago, the road to justice is long and uncertain: 'It’s not comforting at all'  Chicago TribuneIn Chicago, just because a shooting has been cleared doesn't mean a shooter has been brought to justice. Even with the low percentage of shootings that result ...

Expungement clinic scheduled at Goodwill Industries | News  Bowling Green Daily NewsTwo expungement fairs last year led to some 20 people getting jobs, according to South Central Workforce Development Board President and CEO Robert ...

I-TEAM UPDATE: Parents respond to investigation into school bus drivers hired with records  WRDW-TVRichmond County schools are hiring school bus drivers with a criminal or bad driving record.

Weeding them out: DA clearing low-level marijuana convictions at two upcoming events  Brooklyn DailyMany Kings County stoners with misdemeanor pot convictions can clear their criminal records at two free events that Brooklyn's top prosecutor is hosting next ...

Shutting former criminals out of opportunity is economically foolish  USA TODAYNearly half of all children have a parent with a criminal record, and US is losing $87 billion a year in GDP by not employing them.

Local 'clean slate' advocates push for national rollout  The Philadelphia TribuneWith judicial reform atop the agenda of statehouses across the country and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., political leaders from the Mid-Atlantic region are ...

Critics decry decision to let Florida police officers use 'stand your ground' defense  NBC NewsA state ruling may end up creating further confusion and grant police officers in Florida increased latitude under a law that has been under scrutiny, critics say.

How a Push to Legalize Pot in N.J. Became a Debate on Race and Fairness  The New York TimesNew Jersey has linked a proposal to clear hundreds of thousands of past criminal convictions with its effort to legalize recreational marijuana.

How the Rest of the Country Can Take Florida’s Lead in Embracing Second-Chance Criminal Justice Reform  SlateCongress is on the verge of passing a sorely needed criminal justice reform bill with broad bipartisan support, but a handful of holdouts stand in the way.

Editorial Police changes confront new commissioner December 12th, 2018  BayStateBannerMayor Marty Walsh's appointment of William Gross as Boston's police commissioner was well received by those Bostonians who are eager for racial diversity in ...

Biscayne Park police chief gets prison for framing black men  Miami HeraldRaimundo Atesiano, the former Biscayne Park police chief who directed his officers to frame innocent black men for a series of unsolved burglaries, admitted he ...

Colorado could move to clear pre-legalization marijuana convictions statewide as soon as 2019  The Durango HeraldBoulder's district attorney last week announced plans to vacate and seal thousands of convictions for marijuana possession prior to the drug's legalization in ...

Bill to clear some past marijuana convictions gets new support in Illinois  WQAD MolineSPRINGFIELD, (Illinois News Network) — A ranking member of the Illinois Senate has picked up a bill that would allow people to clear low-level marijuana ...

Bill to clear some past marijuana convictions gets new support  Illinois News NetworkA ranking member of the Illinois Senate has picked up a bill that would allow people to clear low-level marijuana convictions from their record with permission ...

Weed conviction on your record? This bill could erase it — and it’s gaining support  Alton TelegraphSPRINGFIELD — A ranking member of the Illinois Senate has picked up a bill that would allow people to clear low-level marijuana convictions from their record ...

chronicle-tribune.com  Chronicle-TribuneThe Mississinewa school board will have one new member come January. Conrad Herrera, of Gas City, won his District 2 seat in an uncontested race in ...

Farm bill compromise unveiled, clearing way for vote  CityNews VancouverWASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, a mammoth package that will fund key safety net programs for the next five years.

Your Illinois News Radar » More details emerge about cannabis legalization  The Capitol Fax BlogMonday, Dec 10, 2018. * Illinois Public Media News interviewed Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) about her work on a new legislative draft to legalize ...

Dozens in Calhoun County get criminal records cleared using 2014 Alabama law  Anniston StarDozens of Calhoun County residents, accused of crimes but never convicted, have been able to get their criminal records cleared under a 2014 law that allows ...

Jobs shortage fuels push to pardon SC criminal records  The Herald-SunSouth Carolina businesses with worker shortages pushed an expansion of the state's law defining what crimes are eligible for expungement. Advocates say the ...

Refinery29 Binge Club: The Innocent Man Recaps  Refinery29Join Refinery29 in bingeing Netflix's new docu-series, The Innocent Man, as we break down each episode. Friends don't let friends binge alone!

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.

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 ...

Marijuana will be legal in Michigan on Dec. 6: What to know  Detroit Free PressWhen the state Board of Canvassers certified the election results on Monday, they started a 10-day clock for the legalization of marijuana.

3 Essential Items You Should Review Before Applying for a Green Card for Your Relatives  NewswireA green card is basically a legal document that you get upon entrance into the U.S, this is according to nolo.com.

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.

Those looking to have Baton Rouge criminal records cleared can find help Saturday  The AdvocatePeople with a Baton Rouge criminal record can get help in clearing their record on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Connell's Village on Airline Highway.

Clearing criminal records at Life Empowerment Conference  WCBD News 2Law students from the Charleston School of Law are preparing to help people clear their criminal records.

Should Criminal Records Be Temporary?  Vermont Public RadioWith recreational marijuana now legal in Vermont some people arrested for having pot are getting those crimes removed from their records. But marijuana.

Vermonters look at clearing marijuana-related criminal records as legalization nears  BurlingtonFreePress.comAs Vermont moves to legalize weed beyond medical use, those punished in the past for marijuana misdemeanors are seeking forgiveness.

Fy tipper Leonard Lowther fined for North Yorkshire dump  The Press, YorkA WASTE collector responsible for flytipping on a North Yorkshire country lane now has a criminal record and must pay the clear-up costs.

Macron: Paris protest 'battle scenes' could hurt France's image  The GuardianParis begins clean-up of damage at cost of up to £1.3m as 200 extra workers drafted in.

Some marijuana convictions could disappear if voters approve legal pot  Detroit Free PressIf voters approve legalized marijuana in November, thousands of Michiganders might look to expunge cannabis convictions from their records.

Politics Briefing: The year Canada legalized cannabis  The Globe and MailGood morning. With official Ottawa winding down for the holidays, we thought we'd take this week to reflect back on the stories that shaped the year in politics.

This algorithm is quickly clearing old marijuana convictions in San Francisco  Fast CompanyNow that weed is legal in California, people with old marijuana arrests can have their records cleared. Code for America, working with the SF District Attorney's ...

Council approves ordinance to expunge juvenile criminal records  Daily NorthwesternAldermen voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that allows for the automatic expungement of juvenile criminal records at Monday's City Council meeting.

Maine Compass: Attorney general race should be about justice for all  Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelThe recent state election showed that voters want to bring change to the State House, and that naturally brings up the question of what kind of change they are ...

NJ marijuana legalization could wipe weed arrests off your criminal record  Asbury Park PressNew Jersey legislators are expected to institute automatic expungement for marijuana possession as part of any marijuana legalization law.

Texas Rangers review recording showing Hewitt mayor polled council  Waco Tribune-HeraldIn a phone call taped by a fellow council member in May, Hewitt Mayor Ed Passalugo acknowledges talking to the majority of other council members on budget ...

Annoyed Baltimore Drivers Want City To Crack Down On 'Squeegee Kids'  KUNCWhen 17-year-old Jaylen Brown found himself in need of extra cash last summer, he did what many of his classmates had begun doing years ago. He stuck a.

Louisville Organizations Mount Effort To Clear Criminal Records En Masse  89.3 WFPL News LouisvilleOne of the largest efforts comes from the Louisville Urban League, which received a large gift allowing it to spend $100000 on expunging records this year ...

Program helps clear criminal records, renews confidence  The AdvocateRICHMOND — When Joe Williams arrived at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium he had hope in his heart and determination in his eyes. Williams, like many ...

The Financial Benefits of Wiping the Slate Clean  Bankrate.comUse Bankrate.com's free tools, expert analysis, and award-winning *content* to make smarter financial decisions. Explore personal finance topics including credit ...

Back in the Day: The Scotsman who became the Father of Australia  The NationalTHE trouble with history is that sometimes it is far too serious. So let's start this week with a joke.

How Clearing Criminal Records Puts People to Work  CityLabAbout 70 million Americans have criminal records, and some of them struggle to find jobs decades after their offense. Advocates of expungement say it levels the ...

Liberal MP hints criminal records for marijuana possession will be cleared  National PostMP Bill Blair told a recent conference that the consequences for a possession conviction are 'out of proportion with the offence we were trying to control'

"Clear My Record" Project To Help Expunge 250000 Marijuana Convictions  TheFix.comSan Francisco is partnering with tech-nonprofit Code for America to expedite the difficult expungement process.

Some want their pot-related criminal records to go up in smoke now with legal weed  Bakersfield NowNow that marijuana is legal, people in Kern County are asking for their pot-related criminal records to go up in smoke.The Kern County District Attorney's Office ...

Rhode Island Now Allows Former Cannabis Offenders to Expunge Their Records  MERRY JANEAnyone previously arrested for possessing an ounce of weed or less can apply to have their criminal record cleared.

N.J. pot convictions could be wiped from record if drug is legalized, but how remains hazy  NJ.comJo Anne Zito was charged with low-level marijuana possession in 2013 -- one of tens of thousands of New Jerseyans charged with the same crime that year.

First Augusta Richmond County Records Restriction Summit to be held Monday  The Augusta ChronicleRichmond County will give eligible residents wanting to clear their criminal records a chance to do so.Several law enforcement agencies, local officials and ...

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.

Ex-Offenders Seek A Fresh Start  CBS ChicagoBy Jim Williams. CHICAGO (CBS)–Nearly 6,000 people in Illinois convicted of crimes had their records expunged last year. Now, one Chicago-based group is ...

Canadians convicted of simple cannabis possession will soon be able to apply for a pardon  The Globe and MailThe government has also decided not to embark on a more complex process of clearing all criminal records proactively.

Help with clearing their records  Bennington BannerBENNINGTON — Marijuana possession. Simple assault. Shoplifting cases. Many charges, or very few. Whatever their cases, the attendees of Thursday's drop-in ...

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 ...

29 Powerhouses: The Most Powerful Women In Canada  Refinery29When we launched Refinery29 Canada in October, I wrote about our mission to help women see, feel, and claim their power. This showcase of ass-kicking ...

On clearing records, District Attorney's push for reform extends beyond the Philly office  Billy PennOne of Larry Krasner's stated goals when he was elected Philadelphia District Attorney was to reform the criminal justice system. Five months into his tenure, ...

Clearing pot charges from Canadians’ records would be a good start—but it’s not enough  Macleans.caOpinion: The Canadian government should explore reparations for people whose cannabis-related criminal offences have stopped them from fully participating ...

Seven States Ban Victim Aid to People With Criminal Records  TruthoutCrime victim compensation funds often divide victims into those who are deemed deserving and those deemed undeserving.

Cities, states work to clear marijuana convictions, calling it a states' rights issue  Washington PostWhen California voters passed a measure in 2016 that legalized cannabis and allowed for people to have their marijuana convictions wiped away or reduced, ...

Expungement Fairs Are Getting Top Cannabis Talent Back In Business  ForbesFrom October 20 to 27, organizations will offer free record-clearing and legal advice for National Expungement Week, and hopefully help cannabis veterans ...

The Movement To Expunge Cannabis Convictions In Legalization States Picks Up Steam  Weed NewsBy Clarence Walker As marijuana legalization spreads into various states, some are allowing people who'd been previously been convicted of possession of a ...

News You Can Use: Research Roundup for Re-Entry Advocates  Center For American ProgressBetween 70 million and 100 million Americans—1 in 3—now have some type of criminal record. Having even a minor record—including an arrest that never led ...

Criminal Record Expungement Event Scheduled For Jan 27  Patch.comRecord Expungement Event Scheduled For Jan 27 - Johns Creek, GA - People eligible for expungement are those arrested, but not convicted, of a ...

People with marijuana on their record can clear it up; most haven’t  OCRegisterDave Gonzales was in his 20s when he followed his friends to Venice Beach on a sunny afternoon in 1985. His buddies brought guitars to play music for the ...

Seattle seeks to abolish hundreds of pot convictions in light of legal marijuana  USA TODAYMore than 500 people stand to have their criminal records for minor marijuana possession cleared out after voters legalized cannabis.

L.A. Supervisors Support Bill to Automatically Expunge Some Cannabis Convictions  L.A. WeeklyIt's not news that pot legalization in California also means that those who've been found guilty of cannabis felonies and misdemeanors can now reduce or ...

California lawmakers pass bill to erase old marijuana convictions  The Mercury NewsBy Paul Elias, The Associated Press. A bill requiring California prosecutors to erase or reduce tens of thousands of marijuana criminal convictions was approved ...

Troops beware: New security clearance rules could bite you  Military TimesMore *service* members could be at risk of losing their security clearances if they don't keep on top of their finances, because of changes in rules for the security ...

How Long Beach plans to help residents expunge marijuana misdemeanors and other low-level convictions  Long Beach Press TelegramWith tens of thousands of marijuana-related convictions in California potentially eligible to be overturned following the legalization of recreational pot, Long ...

Looking for a job when you have a criminal record  News24If you're looking for a job, a criminal record can limit your chances of getting hired.

A criminal defendant’s supporters find unlikely ally: Philly’s DA  Philly.comIn a rare event, a top supervisor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office asked a judge to permit family and friends of a robbery defendant back into a ...

Biscayne Park, FL police told to frame black people, probe found  Bradenton HeraldAn internal report found that Miami-area police commanders in Biscayne Park, Florida, pressured officers to make false arrests to look good for leaders. Former ...

Assembly Speaker Heastie says prior marijuana arrests should be cleared off criminal records if pot becomes le  New York Daily NewsALBANY — Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie believes New Yorkers busted in the past for for smoking pot should get a clean slate if marijuana use becomes legal ...

Expungement workshop lays out rules, resources | News  Glasgow Daily TimesGLASGOW – With the passage of a new law a couple of years ago, individuals convicted of certain charges have the option of getting the criminal record ...

In These States, Past Marijuana Crimes Can Go Away  HuffPostSome states have made it possible for people to hide past convictions for possession, cultivation and manufacture of marijuana. By Sophie Quinto...

The 50 Albums That Shook 2018  Kerrang!It's been a hell of a year for rock. Here, we count down the 50 records that soundtracked your lives, and ruled 2018…

Code for America wants to clear 250,000 marijuana convictions  MashableCode for America's Clear My Record program is teaming up with the San Francisco District Attorney's office to clear 250000 marijuana convictions by 2019.

When You Can't Afford the Cost of Clearing Your Record  YES! MagazineAdrienne broke the law: Caught speeding on her way home from work in Memphis, Tennessee, she pled guilty to charges of reckless driving and reckless ...

Fact-check: Attack ad about Polis' 1999 altercation with former female employee is misleading  The Denver ChannelDENVER – An attack ad that resurrects a 1999 confrontation between Jared Polis and a former female employee at his Boulder tech company has roiled the ...

Former police chief in Florida pleads guilty to framing men in racially tinged cases  Miami HeraldRaimumdo Atesiano, 52, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge of depriving three innocent suspects, who were black men, of their civil rights because he and his ...

Bill giving some criminal offenders a second chance at a 'clean slate' advances  PennLive.comA House of Representatives-passed bill that would automatically seal records of individuals who committed low-level, non-violent misdemeanors and have gone ...

Here’s why many Americans don’t clear their criminal records  PBS NewsHourMany Americans are not taking advantage of a growing number of state laws that allow people to clear or seal their records of arrests and convictions after ...

How to Get Around a Criminal Record  New York TimesIn May, a federal judge in Brooklyn took the extraordinary step of expunging the conviction of a woman he had sentenced to five years of probation more than a ...

San Francisco's DA Is Clearing Thousands of Marijuana Convictions. Others Around the Country Should Do the Same  ACLU of Northern CaliforniaLast week, San Francisco's District Attorney, George Gascón, announced that his office would erase thousands of marijuana convictions from people's criminal ...

Urban League To Expand Criminal Expungement Program  89.3 WFPLA $300000 donation will allow the nonprofit to pay to expunge the criminal records for certain Louisville offenders who can't afford the fees.

Want to Clear Your Record? It'll Cost You $450  The Marshall ProjectIn Tennessee and other states, former felons can't always afford it.

Voters Across Party Lines Support Clean Slate Legislation  Center For American ProgressAlthough Americans remain split on numerous issues in contemporary politics, a new study finds widespread support among voters for states to automatically ...

Easy Expunctions: How a local company discovered a new way to clear your record  FOX 29A company right here in San Antonio has discovered a new way to clear your record -- with a lot less hassle.Thousands of people living here are held back from ...

As Legalization Approaches, State's Attorneys Help Rid Vermonters' Of Marijuana Misdemeanors  Vermont Public RadioOn Tuesday, more than 30 people in Chittenden County began the process of clearing their records of minor marijuana offenses.

District Attorneys Dismantle Legacy of Tough Marijuana Enforcement  The New York TimesEven as the authorities in New York City have scaled back enforcement of marijuana laws, a legacy of tough policies remains: People are hindered from getting ...

Not guilty or charged? A criminal record can still haunt you  USA TODAYNASHVILLE -- Perhaps this is a blinding glimpse of the obvious, but when you are arrested that arrest creates a criminal record.

Jehan Gordon-Booth seeks to remove cost barrier on criminal expungements  Peoria Journal StarPEORIA — More than 400 people last year attended a weekend event designed to help them file paperwork to expunge low-level, nonviolent convictions from ...

A day to expunge criminal records is hugely popular in Philly  Philly.comMeghan Claiborne and John Coyle never imagined that the little volunteer project they decided to shepherd on behalf of the Young Lawyers Division of the ...

Chicago Bar Association sets expungement event | Community News  The Beverly ReviewPeople seeking information on how to expunge or seal a criminal record can obtain information and have their questions answered at a free seminar offered by ...

Six States Leading the Charge on Second-Chance Policies  Center For American ProgressBipartisan criminal justice reform efforts in Congress may be on ice for now, but red, blue, and purple states alike are moving full speed ahead with their own ...

Pardons for past cannabis crimes have major limitations, and there's no simple fix  Straight.comWhile $631 for a criminal record cleaned of past cannabis crimes might sound like a good deal, let the buyer beware.