Clearing of criminal record 'a blessing' for future lawyer  Bloomington PantagraphBLOOMINGTON— A sense of relief washed over Kristen Hawthorne on Thursday as she picked up paperwork that erased a teenage mistake from her record ...

Clean Slate: How Ditching A Criminal Record Is No Easy Task  Law360An estimated 100 million Americans have criminal records that follow them for life. Some states have moved to ease the burden by passing record-sealing laws ...

Inslee pardons pot convictions of 13 Washington residents. Now lawmakers may clear criminal records for 200,000 more.  The Seattle TimesLegislation that would allow erasure of more than 226000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions is being considered by state lawmakers.

100s of pot convictions to be tossed under DA plan: 'A simple matter of justice'  syracuse.comSyracuse, NY – Hundreds of people with marijuana convictions dating back at least 20 years will have their criminal records erased under a plan by the ...

The free-market case for a clean slate | TheHill  The HillClean-slate measures uphold the spirit of the law while offering reformed offenders a safe, productive life.

Coast Line: Record clearing workshop set Feb. 22 in Santa Cruz  Santa Cruz SentinelSanta Cruz Superior Court Self Help Center will hold a workshop on clearing your record at 1 p.m. Feb. 22 on the basement level of the county building, 701 ...

Hong Kong snares record haul of rhino horns from South Africa  The Japan TimesHong Kong customs seized a record 40 kg (88 pounds) of rhino horns worth around 8 million Hong Kong dollars ($1 million) from Johannesburg en route to Viet.

'Reconstructing Lives' workshop  Union Daily TimesUNION COUNTY — It has often been said that when a person who has committed a crime has served their sentence they have “paid their debt to society” and ...

KU Legal Aid Clinic, community partners host free expungement clinic  KU TodayLAWRENCE – People who have been arrested or convicted of crimes often face barriers to gaining employment, finding a place to live and other opportunities ...

Barr's nomination to be attorney general advances in Senate after clearing procedural hurdle  Washington PostWilliam P. Barr is all but guaranteed to become President Trump's next attorney general, after clearing a procedural hurdle Tuesday with the support of not just ...

How Police and Anti-Crime Measures Reinforce Segregation  GoverningCities' efforts to get tough on crime can make it harder for low-income residents to find good jobs and housing.

What the legal cannabis industry owes the victims of the drug war  QuartzThe US's booming legal weed industry is at risk of becoming a staggering tale of hypocrisy, greed, and erasure.

Voices The Intern Chronicles: Eyewitness to fraud  Accounting TodayOne March morning in 2018, I walked into my office at a nonprofit, expecting the day to be as normal as any other. I was not prepared for what I came upon.

Armenia sends mine-clearing experts, doctors to Syria  CityNews CalgaryYEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia has sent a team of experts to Syria on a Russia-backed mission to help clear mines and provide medical assistance. Armenian ...

Shively police release body camera video after officer shoots suspect  Courier JournalShively police released body camera footage on Friday from a Thursday incident in which a suspect was shot and injured by an officer during a chase. During a ...

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.

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 ...

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

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Working Toward the Goal of 'Zero Fires' for PG&E | GTM Squared  Greentech MediaA judge's order for mass tree-clearing and grid de-energizing may be impractical. But what is PG&E doing to prevent wildfires?

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.

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 ...

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 ...

NFL Draft: 5 prospects whose combine performances loom especially large  The AdvocateNFL Draft fans, you could have seen this exclusive analysis first, in your inbox, on Wednesday morning if you subscribed to PFW's draft newsletter. Sign up today ...

Fair Trade and Fair Treatment: Cannabis Amnesty Law  The Harvest InvestorThe Canadian Government made history in October last year after the legalization of cannabis. The plant has been a topic of huge debates because of its ...

Washington Gov. Inslee to Pardon Marijuana Convictions  Puff Puff PostSEATTLE — More than six years after the state legalized the adult use of marijuana, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday he plans to pardon thousands of ...

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.

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.

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.

Editorials from around New York  The StateRecent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: ___. The Syracuse Post-Standard on snow clearance in Syracuse. Jan. 28 ...

The Most Important New Woman in Congress Is Not Who You Think  POLITICOBold progressives are getting the attention, but the Democratic Party owes control of the House to moderates like Mikie Sherrill. Whose agenda will prevail?

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.

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

Ex-Sheriff Baca loses appeal, faces prison  Los Angeles TimesAn appeals court upheld the conviction of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday, clearing the way for the once powerful but now ailing law ...

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 ...

Wolf signs 'clean slate' bill sealing some criminal records in Pennsylvania after decade  WTAE PittsburghLower-level, nonviolent crimes in Pennsylvania will automatically be sealed from public review after 10 years under a law signed Thursday, a change designed ...

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 ...

World Health Organization Recommends Reclassifying Marijuana Under International Treaties  Marijuana MomentGlobal health experts at the United Nations are recommending that marijuana and its key components be formally rescheduled under international drug treaties.

Vessel discovers wreck of World War II carrier Hornet  CityNews VancouverSEATTLE — A research vessel funded by the late Seattle billionaire Paul Allen has discovered the wreckage of an American aircraft carrier sunk in the South ...

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.

‘Wasted’ time on warrants backlog in Massachusetts  Wicked LocalEditor's Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Part 1 can be found here.)Brian Vincent woke up one morning to a police officer knocking on his door.

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 ...

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 ...

Montana women sue border patrol over racial profiling claims  CityNews VancouverHELENA, Mont. — Two Montana women who were questioned by a U.S. border agent who overheard them speaking Spanish are suing the U.S. Customs and ...

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 ...

How to get your criminal record expunged  BusinessTechSecuring a job in South Africa today is tough for many. Data from Stats SA indicates that unemployment has increased to 27.2% for the second quarter of the ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

"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.

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 ...

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'

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Virginia begins steps to repair flawed criminal-records database  Fredericksburg.comIn the commonwealth of Virginia, it's a crime to drive a school bus if you're a registered sex offender. No surprise there, and not a likely scenario. But it's only.

Washington Gov. Inslee to pardon thousands convicted of marijuana possession  NBCNews.comWashington Gov. Jay Inslee said he plans to pardon thousands convicted of small-time marijuana possession, saying people should not be punished for a ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

What happens to your criminal record now that marijuana is legal in South Africa?  Zululand ObserverOn 18 September 2018, the Constitutional Court ruled that acts outlawing the private use and possession of marijuana in South Africa were unconstitutional.

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.

Trump's 2020 US election challengers: Who are they?  Sydney Morning HeraldThe field of Democratic contenders putting themselves forward to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election will be one of the biggest in the ...

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 ...

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.

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.”

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

Biscayne Park police chief gets prison for framing black men  Miami HeraldEx-Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiring to frame innocent men in a bid to improve crime ...

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 ...

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 ...

There is a way forward for SA – Helen Zille - DOCUMENTS  PoliticswebPremier delivers her SOPA, says good governance enabled province to spend 82% of the Provincial Budget on delivering services to the poor. Premier Helen ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...