Judge's Record-Sealing Denial Highlights 'Shortcomings' of Second-Chance Law  Queens Daily EagleThe conviction-sealing law fails “to explicitly address criminal records of younger offenders, even though it was enacted as part of the Raise the Age legislation.”

Stenehjem backs decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana  Bismarck TribuneNorth Dakota's top law enforcement officer says he will back legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, noting that it would ...

Boulder County and City of Denver to Allow Expungement of...  NORML BlogFollowing the lead of other major cities and counties in states that have legalized adult-use marijuana local officials in Colorado are taking action to undo the ...

Off the record  Illinois TimesA conviction and prison time for marijuana possession more than 10 years ago prevents him from becoming a registered nurse, said one of the 204 who showed ...

Come to Queens Village on Dec. 6 to have your 'Case Closed' and get a fresh start at life  QNS.comState Senator Leroy Comrie and The Legal Aid Society will host a Case Closed event at 7 p.m. in Queens Village on Dec. 6 at Grace Gospel Tabernacle in ...

Sealing or expunging a Massachusetts OUI arrest  Augusta Free PressIf you have been arrested for an OUI in Massachusetts and would like to have your record sealed, or the arrest expunged from your criminal history, there are a ...

Court officials help with expungement process  The-reviewArea residents with a criminal record got some insight into how to make it go away Saturday morning at Alliance Municipal Court. Municipal Court Judge Andrew ...

Marijuana decriminalization bill in the works after ND legalization...  The Dickinson PressBISMARCK — After an effort to legalize recreational marijuana failed at the ballot box, a North Dakota lawmaker said this week she plans to introduce legislation ...

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.

Norfolk DA pushes campaign to help people expunge some mistakes in the past  The Boston GlobeThe chief law enforcement officer in Norfolk County is launching a campaign Thursday to help people rewrite their life stories — by obliterating their criminal past ...

Olcott man going to jail over marijuana possession  Niagara GazetteOn the same day that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would back legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use, a Niagara County judge sentenced an ...

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 ...

Clara White Mission hosts Second Chances Job Fair  WJXT News4JAX More than a dozen local companies will be encouraging second chances for job seekers with a criminal record.

Pot Stores Are Coming To NY, But Cuomo Won't Say What They'll Look Like  GothamistThe odds are strong that New York State will legalize marijuana next year, possibly as soon as the end of March. But what the system will look like — including ...

Police have ‘viable suspects’ in B.C. gangster’s 2017 murder  Keremeos ReviewPolice have “viable suspects” in the 2017 Kamloops shooting that left a founding member of one of B.C.'s most notorious drug gangs dead, but not enough ...

Tearing Down Barriers to Employment  businessjournaldaily.comYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Every day, Dionne Dowdy sees people looking for work. As the executive director of United Returning Citizens, she points them toward ...

This Brooklyn Art Gallery Helps Young Adults Clean Up Their Criminal Records  ObserverRecess Art, a Downtown Brooklyn art space, has a court-mandated program designed to help youth who have been arrested avoid permanent criminal records.

D.C. Metro/WMATA fare decriminalization: Local lawmakers advance bill  Curbed DCBut the transit agency opposes the move and critics say it is unclear how civil fines would be enforced.

Queens Judge to Lawmakers: 'Raise the Age' Sealing Law Needs More Work | New York Law Journal  Law.comIt was the second time in recent months that state Supreme Court Justice Joseph Zayas has used a ruling to urge elected officials in Albany to consider ...

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

North Carolina election-fraud investigation centers on operative with criminal history who worked for GOP congressional candidate  The Washington PostThe state elections board, which subpoenaed Republican Mark Harris's campaign Monday, has collected information suggesting that high-level officials may ...

Wolf Signs Bill Sealing Some Criminal Records After Decade  U.S. News & World ReportHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new Pennsylvania law automatically seals lower-level, nonviolent crimes from public review after 10 years, a change designed to ...

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.

More Illinois residents apply to seal criminal records after changes in law  WREX-TVROCKFORD (WREX) - Forty-two percent of people in Illinois have an arrest record or a criminal past, according to a study by the National Employment Law.

Inside Boulder's Plan to Expunge Minor Pot Convictions: Could It Spread?  WestwordBoulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty has launched a plan called "Moving On From Marijuana," which involves vacating pot convictions for actions ...

California Supreme Court recommends that Gov. Jerry Brown pardon former state senator  Los Angeles TimesThe state Supreme Court on Tuesday recommended that Gov. Jerry Brown pardon former state Sen. Roderick Wright for a 2014 conviction on felony charges ...

Columbus offers some a cheaper option to seal criminal records  The Columbus DispatchTwo hundred indigent defendants now have a less-expensive way to seal their criminal records from hundreds of background-check databases. The Expedited ...

SD Board of Nursing Facility Administrators Approves New Role For Former Mid Central Director  KELOLAND TVDan Guericke received state approval Monday to be a nursing home administrator in White Lake.

Land of Lincoln hosts clinic to expunge or seal criminal records in Carbondale  The SouthernCARBONDALE — Several residents used a clinic in downtown Carbondale Saturday to take the first step in moving forward a prior criminal conviction.

It makes sense to change N.D. marijuana law  Bismarck TribuneThe Bismarck Tribune editorial board opposed Measure 3 which would have legalized marijuana in the state. We felt the measure was poorly written and the ...

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 ...

Pa. Legislature passes bill that would seal records for low-level crimes after good behavior  Pittsburgh Post-GazetteA *fresh* start. A tabula rasa. A clean slate ... that's if you have remained law abiding.

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.

Sunday Commentary: There's a Wave of Progressive Prosecutors, but We've Been Left Behind  The People’s Vanguard of DavisDespite a closer than expected election back in June in Yolo County, the hope for progressive reform remains elusive. This past week there was an op-ed in.

Free Criminal Record Sealing Clinic  www.fox16.comTabitha Lee with the Center for Arkansas Legal Services joins Fox 16 Good Day to talk about free criminal record clinics coming up for low-income Arkansans ...

Prisoners may have option for release under recreational pot bill  newschannel20.comThe senator sponsoring a bill to legalize recreational marijuana said it may include a path for inmates to be released from prison if they're only charged with ...

Stadelman announces chance to expunge or seal criminal records  MyStateline.comAbout one in three Americans have at least one arrest on the books. Senator Steve Stadelman along with Prairie State Legal Services and United Way of Rock ...

New trial date set in Carlisle buried baby case  Dayton Daily NewsA summer trial date has been set for a Carlisle teen accused of killing her newborn baby and burying it in the backyard in May 2017.

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 ...

A journey that leads home can take one a long way  The Daily WorldHello, Daily World readers! I am grateful to be guest-writing this month's Justice in Motion column. Although this column usually focuses on specific legal issues, ...

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.

County residents with criminal records look for clean slate at expungement event  The State Journal-RegisterColby Gibson, 36, is open about the mistakes he made early in life, which include guilty pleas to battery and criminal trespass charges.“I'm trying to change my ...

Wisconsin's criminal expungement rules keep needed workers out of jobs, study says  Milwaukee Journal SentinelWisconsin's quirky, limited law regarding when someone can get a criminal conviction erased from public records is keeping thousands of potential workers from ...

PA First 'Clean Slate' State Sealing Criminal Records  Crime ReportPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a "clean slate" bill that seals nonviolent criminal records after a decade, a move that progressive goups touted as a first for ...

Not guilty but not cleared? Workshop aims to seal some arrest records  Sun SentinelThe Broward State Attorney's Office plans another sealing and expungement workshop for people who were accused but not convicted of crimes and don't want ...

Marijuana decriminalization bill in the works after legalization effort fails  Bismarck TribuneAfter an effort to legalize recreational marijuana failed at the ballot box, a North Dakota lawmaker said this week she plans to introduce legislation reducing ...

Free criminal record expungement clinic to help with employment  WSIL TVWSIL -- A Criminal Record can stop you from getting employment, finding a place to live, or even becoming licensed in your chosen field. The Land of Lincoln ...

Black Chamber to host seminar on expungement, sealing records  Herald & ReviewDECATUR — A seminar planned Saturday seeks to educate those with criminal records about ways to seal or erase information about their legal histories.

Land of Lincoln and NAACP to hold record sealing and expungement clinic  The SouthernCARBONDALE — The Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, the NAACP Carbondale Branch and the Center for Empowerment and Justice are teaming ...

Youth’s case offers glimpse into juvenile justice system  Albuquerque JournalNewly unsealed records show a fight derailed 18-year-old's probation.

Seminar on criminal records expungement planned | Local | herald-review.com  Herald & ReviewDECATUR — A seminar criminal records sealing and expungement is schedule at be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in Mrs. K. Community Center, 249 S. Webster ...

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.

The ACLU and The Leadership Conference Support S.756, and Urge Senators to Vote Yes on Cloture and No On All Amendments  Civilrights.orgView a PDF of this letter here. The Honorable Mitch McConnell. Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510. The Honorable Charles E.

Law that seals old criminal records helps New Yorkers find new work, better lives - NY Daily News  New York Daily NewsA woman with a 25-year-old misdemeanor conviction is among many people putting their pasts behind them with help from the Legal Aid Society and a year-old ...

Canada Will Expedite Record Sealing for People Convicted of Marijuana Crimes That Are No Longer Crimes - Hit & Run : Reason.com  ReasonChris Wattie / Reuters / NewscomNow that marijuana is legal in Canada, the national government is confronting the question of how to deal with half a million ...

Eligible individuals can have minor criminal infractions expunged from record, resolve outstanding warrants and fines on "Second Chance Saturday"  RiverBender.comGRANITE CITY People with past criminal charges often have difficulty re-entering the workforce and building a better life for their families. Expunging.

Wolf signs bill sealing some criminal records after 10 years  GoErie.comHARRISBURG — Lower-level, nonviolent crimes in Pennsylvania will automatically be sealed from public review after 10 years under a law signed Thursday, ...

YWCA host criminal record expungment workshop  CIproud.comYWCA Mission Impact is holding a *Fresh* Start Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Thursday in Lauderdale Lakes: The next Broward County criminal record expungement workshop  Sun SentinelHas an arrest record kept you from getting a job, or being approved for a lease?

Have a criminal record? It may soon be easier to find work in South Carolina.  Greenville NewsFormer inmates in South Carolina could soon have an easier time finding work thanks to a bill that would allow ex-offenders to expunge certain nonviolent ...

Feds ID Third Suspect Involved In Pimental Homicide Case  Caledonian RecordAnother suspect has been identified in the drug investigation of homicide victim Michael Pimental's girlfriend and federal prosecutors say it's related to the ...

Hillsborough County plans record expungement clinic  FOX 13 News, Tampa BayThe Hillsborough State Attorney's Office is offering to expunge or seal an old criminal case -- if you are eligible.

Appeals Court: Judge Must Follow the Law on Sealing Old Pot Arrest, Like It or Not | Daily Report  Law.comBulloch County Superior Court Judge F. Gates Peed knew his refusal to consider the underlying arguments was not the law when he refused to seal a man's ...

U.S. Rep. Rod Blum introduces measure to seal non-violent offenders' records  Des Moines RegisterThe "Clean Slate Act" would seal people's records for non-violent offenses like drug possession, which could make a difference in background checks.

Long-awaited ‘clean slate’ bill moves to Gov. Wolf  Philly.comHARRISBURG — A *fresh* start. A tabula rasa. A clean slate. Related stories. Gov. Wolf signs no-new-taxes Pa. budget. Pennsylvanians who were arrested or ...

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 ...

Daily Digest: Expungement workshop set | Local News  Bloomington PantagraphBLOOMINGTON — A *Fresh* Start Workshop for individuals who want help sealing or expunging their criminal records will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 at United ...

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 ...

Houses passes bill that would seal some criminal records in Pa.  Central Penn Business JournalPeople with criminal convictions from decades past but who have turned their lives around might be able to jump past at least one employment hurdle.

Fargo legislator working on marijuana decriminalization also working on record sealing bill  KFYR-TVRep. Shannon Roers Jones, R-Fargo, working on a marijuana decriminalization bill is also working on a bill that would have a person's record sealed if they ...

Pardons, Clean Slate program help erase criminal records in certain cases  Tribune-ReviewPittsburgh attorney Casey Mullen, a native of the city's Lawrenceville section, spends most of his time helping criminal defendants. In 1994, he himself was a ...

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 ...

New 2018 Missouri law makes it easier to get criminal records expunged  KTVI Fox 2 St. LouisKANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new Missouri law taking effect next week could impact thousands of individuals with a criminal record. The state is greatly expanding ...

Program to help seal criminal records | Local News  Kankakee Daily JournalProject Clean Slate is back in Kankakee County, giving jobseekers a chance to expunge or seal their criminal records at no cost to taxpayers.

Man rescued in coal mine: Four-day ordeal was 'terrible'  Greensboro News & RecordCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Their faces covered in black soot, three adults safely rescued after several days in an inactive West Virginia coal mine were ...

Legal Aid, Katz Renew Push For Conviction Sealing  Queens Daily EagleBy David Brand. A year after the state implemented a conviction-sealing law that enables some offenders to have their records cleared, only a handful of Queens ...

Sangamon Co. Expungement and Sealing Summit to be held  WANDSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Some Sangamon County residents with criminal records will get a chance to clean up their records.

New SC expungement law set to give offenders a better chance to enter workforce  WIS(WIS) - A new law aims to make job searching easier for those who committed "low level" crimes. The law is an expansion of the former South Carolina ...

Despite extraordinary push, judge refuses to seal record in Corcoran teacher stabbing  syracuse.comZhuantina Hayes was sentenced to 3 years in prison today.

Taking sides on timing of sealing criminal records  Worcester TelegramBOSTON – When Fitchburg resident David Gonzalez left the prison system in 2000, he felt fortunate to find a job. He initially worked at a factory, transferring a ...

A First in the Nation, Pennsylvania Seals Some Criminal Records  GoverningGov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed a "clean slate" bill that seals nonviolent criminal records after a decade, a move that progressive groups touted as a first for ...

Evansville event offers free legal advice for those who want to expunge criminal convictions  Evansville Courier & PressEVANSVILLE, Ind. — People who want help getting a criminal conviction off their record can get free legal advice at a Memorial Baptist Church event this ...

Simplifying How the Courts Seal Criminal Records  The AtlanticNew legislation in Pennsylvania would change the now-costly and time-consuming process—and mitigate the employment obstacles people face when they ...

Expungement Expo planned to help people get their court records sealed  Tulsa WorldAn Expungement Expo is planned for March 24 to inform eligible people how they can have their court records sealed.

Lawsuit Challenges Police Use of Sealed Arrest Records  The New York TimesThe police in New York routinely use and share sealed arrest records of people cleared of crimes without necessary court approval, the suit charges.

Improperly Sealed: Lawyers, not judges, selecting which NM fed court documents stay secret  New Mexico In DepthProsecutors and defense lawyers have shielded records from public view without a judge's order in New Mexico's federal courts, an apparent violation of the ...

7 Key Provisions Of The Criminal Justice Bill  WBURCalling the legislation "complicated," Gov. Charlie Baker has not yet indicated whether he will sign the sweeping reforms into law. Here are some of the major ...

DC Mayor Moves to Ease Process of Sealing Criminal Records  NBC4 WashingtonMayor Muriel Bowser proposed legislation Thursday that could make it easier for D.C. residents to seal their criminal records.

Bill would expunge criminal records of human trafficking victims  Norfolk Daily NewsLINCOLN — Sex trafficking victims could have their criminal records set aside under a bill under consideration by the Legislature's Judiciary Committee.

New Ohio expungement law goes in effect in late October  WLWT CincinnatiShowing up before a judge and gaining a criminal record results in lack of job opportunity, housing and sometimes life in general for many in Hamilton County.

California\'s New Marijuana Law Is a First But Likely Not the Last  GoverningThe unprecedented legislation implements an automatic statewide process to potentially reduce or dismiss sentences and records for crimes that are no longer ...

Learn how to expunge or seal your record  The Herald-NewsA free expungement program was scheduled to help men and women with expunging or sealing their criminal records. The “How to Expunge and/or Seal ...

New Congressional Bill Would Automatically Seal Marijuana Records  Marijuana MomentPeople convicted of federal, nonviolent marijuana offenses or drug possession would have their records automatically sealed under a U.S. House bill introduced ...

Plan for sealing criminal records divides employers, advocates  Lowell SunBOSTON -- When Fitchburg resident David Gonzalez left the prison system in 2000, he felt fortunate to find a job.

Criminal justice reforms before lawmakers  The Salem NewsBOSTON — Lawmakers are poised to overhaul the state's criminal laws, with a reform that backers say will improve public safety while giving people with ...

Record sealing breaks stigma of past convictions, but many eligible aren’t applying  Metro USRecord sealing is dubbed “second-chance legislation” as it allows those who are eligible to put the stigma of past convictions behind them.

ND recreational pot measure seeks to seal prior records  Valley News LivePart of the recreational pot measure seeks to remove prior records of anyone convicted of a non-violent marijuana-related crime from public records.

Pa. Senate passes first-of-its-kind bill sealing some criminal records  Philly.comIn the fractured state of the commonwealth that is Pennsylvania, a first-of-its-kind bill that would seal criminal records for minor offenses passed unanimously in ...

Criminal expungement and cannabis tax dollars: Sacramento's Youth Forward puts children first  PotNetworkEarlier this year California passed a law which added language to the Health and Safety Code, expedites the identification, review, and notification of individuals ...

Unique State Service Aims to Solve Complex Criminal Record Problem in Ohio  PR NewswireCOLUMBUS, Ohio, May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- People who have had their criminal record sealed by Ohio courts may have an easier time finding jobs thanks ...