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.

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.

Our View: With cannabis legal, clear criminal records  Press HeraldIt's legal for those 21 and older to possess and use cannabis in Maine, and it will be legal to buy and sell it for recreational use as soon as lawmakers can finish ...

N.J.'s top court just made it easier for recovering addicts to clean up their criminal record  NJ.comThe New Jersey Supreme Court found too many hurdles for people who graduated drug court to expunge their records and start a new chapter.

Clearing an Old Marijuana Conviction Record Just Got a Lot Easier  LA MagazineClearing marijuana conviction records has been possible since Prop 64, but was costly and complex. Now a new law–and some big data tech–hopes to fix that.

Arpaio criminal record case 1 step closer to moving forward  Daily JournalThe legal case of whether former metro sheriff Joe Arpaio will still have a criminal record despite his pardon by President Donald Trump is one step closer to ...

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal-record case 1 step closer to moving forward  AZCentral.comThe legal case of whether former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio will still have a criminal record despite his pardon by President Donald Trump is one step ...

Denver Program Helps People Convicted Of Pot Crimes Before Legalization Get A ‘Clean Slate’  CBS DenverDENVER (AP/CBS4) – Officials say a simplified program will make it easier for thousands of people to seek the elimination of the low-level marijuana convictions ...

West Virginians weigh in on clean slate law for criminal records  WV NewsBRIDGEPORT — Area residents gave their opinions Sunday on whether or not some kind of clean slate law should exist in the Mountain State as it does in ...

Trafficking survivors shed an unjust label: ‘criminal’  The Christian Science MonitorAs attitudes about justice in sex trafficking cases change, more states are giving survivors a chance to clear away convictions for prostitution. But the ...

Low Unemployment Makes Employers More Willing to Hire Ex-Offenders with Criminal Records in 2019  ESR NEWSWith record low unemployment, employers should be more willing to hire ex-offenders with the necessary skills to make sure they are not eliminating job ...

Case against Attleboro man charged in 2016 Woonsocket murder dismissed  The Sun ChronicleATTLEBORO — Charges against an Attleboro man charged with the gruesome killing of his elderly former neighbor in Woonsocket have been dismissed.

Record clearing workshop set Jan. 18  Santa Cruz SentinelSanta Cruz Superior Court Self Help Center will hold a workshop on clearing your record at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 on the basement level of the county building, 701 ...

A new lease on life: Sober for 13 years, Brainerd man gets pardon...  Brainerd DispatchDerek Rygh looks back at his life and is surprised he is still alive. There were things in his life he had no control over. Other things, he had control over, but a ...

Washington Gov. Inslee to pardon marijuana convictions  The News TribuneMore than six years after Washington legalized the adult use of marijuana, Gov. Jay Inslee says he plans to pardon thousands of people convicted of ...

Inslee to pardon thousands of marijuana possession convictions  Peninsula Daily NewsSEATTLE — More than six years after the state legalized the adult use of marijuana, Gov. Jay Inslee plans to pardon thousands of people convicted of small-time ...

Salem continues to fight releasing arrest records at unknown cost to taxpayers  Salem ReporterSalem officials have spent nearly four years and unknown staff time fighting the release of an arrest record of a man who was convicted of sexually abusing a ...

New Kansas mayor who spent time in prison helps ex-offenders  ABC NewsA new Kansas mayor who served three years in prison before being elected spent his first full day in office launching a program that would help qualifying ...

If New York legalizes marijuana, will it wipe out old convictions?  Times Union ALBANY — Lauren Manning sees the harm of marijuana prohibition every day. Through her work with the Center for Law and Justice, an Albany nonprofit that ...

'Clean Slate' Offers A Fresh Start For Low-Level, Non-Violent Offenders  90.5 WESACriminal convictions can affect people's working lives and chances of finding safe and suitable housing for decades to come, even when the charges were.

Brooklyn DA moves to vacate 1,400 pot warrants, overturn 28 convictions  WABC-TVBrooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Wednesday moved to vacate more than 1400 open warrants stemming from marijuana cases and erase more than ...

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.

Wisconsin Girl Escapes Captor 88 Days After Her Abduction and the Killing of Her Parents  The Wall Street JournalA 13-year-old Wisconsin girl missing for nearly three months escaped her captor. A 21-year-old man was charged with abduction and double homicide of her ...

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 ...

Brooklyn D.A. Moves To Erase Past Marijuana Possession Convictions And Warrants  Weed NewsBrooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today moved to vacate 1422 outstanding misdemeanor warrants stemming from failure to appear in court on ...

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 ...

SC made it easier to hide criminal records from the public. How far should it go?  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 ...

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.

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 ...

How to erase your criminal record (yes, that's a thing!)  FOX 29Having a criminal record makes you feel stuck. It's basically a “DO NOT TOUCH” sign for potential employers, universities, military officials, and anyone else with ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Zuckerberg and Koch groups ally to clear eligible criminal records  SFGateGroups with ties to technology titan Mark Zuckerberg are getting even more involved in the political arena, throwing their weight behind a new initiative that ...

PG&E Sparked at Least 1500 California Fires. Now the Utility Faces Collapse.  The Wall Street JournalThe largest utility in drought-plagued California has struggled to reduce fire risks. Its equipment keeps igniting blazes, threatening the company's future.

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 ...

Fulton, faith leaders work to clear criminal records in veterans summit | WSB-TV  WSB AtlantaThe expungement effort is called the Record Restriction Summit. It will take place at The Temple in Midtown on Veteran's Day.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bill would expunge criminal records of human-trafficking victims  Toledo BladeCOLUMBUS — Human-trafficking victims forced to prostitute themselves, steal, or commit other crimes for the profit of their pimps could seek to have their ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

Unsheltered in Topeka: Ban on camping would leave some of citys homeless with no options  The Topeka Capital-JournalFor 28 years, Rob Rangel worked in the heating and cooling industry, earning up to $60000 per year. As he sat on a blue couch deposited in a small clearing on ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

It’s time Ottawa moved to expunge criminal records for pot smokers  Toronto StarWith legalization of cannabis coming next week it's time Ottawa moves on to expunging the records of Canadians convicted of simple pot possession.

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 ...

Huron County man Kevin Carter admits to grisly murders of ex-girlfriend's parents  The London Free PressGODERICH – A Wingham autoworker has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and kidnapping in an attack against his former girlfriend and her ...

Colorado could move to clear pre-legalization marijuana convictions statewide as soon as 2019  The Colorado IndependentSweeping action could be on the horizon, given strong momentum for a move to clear all criminal records for the the tens of thousands of Coloradans convicted ...

On clearing records, District Attorney's push for reform extends beyond the Philly office  Billy PennShowing support for this type of legislation meets our duty to prevent crime.”

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.

California lawmakers vote to wipe out old pot convictions  CNNA bill that would expunge past marijuana convictions in the state awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Cities, states work to clear marijuana convictions, calling it a states' rights issue  Washington PostSan Francisco says it plans to wipe away thousands of marijuana misdemeanor convictions, and others cities and states are examining their old cases.

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.

Massachusetts National Day of Expungement to help clear marijuana convictions  MassLive.comSPRINGFIELD -- Legalization of marijuana in the state means that work continues to help those convicted of pot crimes clear their records with the ...

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 ...

Angry Zimbabweans riot after 150 percent fuel price rise imposed  The Independent ObserverDemonstrators block major roads, loot shops after President Mnangagwa's announcement sharply raising petrol prices. Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – Protesters in ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Mufulira marketeers trading along Butondo Rd moved out by force  The Independent ObserverBy ALICE NACHILEMBE Mufulira Municipal Council (MMC) has removed makeshift stands and pallets for traders along Butondo road and freedom way due to ...

Man accused in double homicide has lengthy criminal record  KTBSThe man accused in the slayings of a couple who gave him a ride from a Shreveport mall in an apparently random crime has a lengthy criminal record that ...

Long Beach RISE To Help Repair Records For Many  Gazettes.comWith tens of thousands of marijuana-related convictions in California potentially eligible to be overturned following the legalization of recreational pot, Long ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

A criminal defendant's supporters find unlikely ally  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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

Suspect with criminal record arrested in shooting death of pregnant 14-year-old | WSOC-TV  WSOC CharlotteAtlanta police have arrested a 20-year-old suspect in the shooting death of a 14-year-old who was eight months pregnant.

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.

District Attorneys Dismantle Legacy of Tough Marijuana Enforcement  The New York TimesThousands of people could have their misdemeanor warrants and low-level convictions vacated under new initiatives in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Partnership Aims to Expunge Criminal Records  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthBy getting community members to file expunctions, a Fort Worth partnership hopes to get more people back to work.