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.

Library program offers help expunging criminal records  Freeport Journal-StandardFREEPORT — A program at the Freeport Public Library can help people with criminal records eliminate a major barrier to employment.The Lawyers in the ...

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.

Clean Slate program gives people with old criminal records chance to seal records  The TimesPeople with old criminal records may have a chance at *fresh* start through new state legislation that recently went into effect.

Community Action promotes sealing criminal records to increase employ-ability  Portsmouth Daily TimesWe continue to find it extremely helpful,” said Steve Sturgill, executive director of the Community Action Organization of Scioto County, addi.

Clean Slate law offers offenders a fresh start without public criminal record  Tribune-ReviewPennsylvania state court officials are preparing a massive initiative that could pave the way for courts across the country to offer people convicted of minor ...

If you have an old criminal record, today you can finally get a Clean Slate in Pa.  Philly.comPennsylvania's Clean Slate law, among the nation's most progressive, begins its roll-out Wednesday.

Library 101 series to open with criminal expungement seminar  Paducah SunClass will soon be in session at the McCracken County Public Library as staffers prepare to launch the third year of 101 programming.

Lawmakers consider sealing, erasing records of past cannabis convictions  Press HeraldFour Maine legislators are pursuing legislation to seal or expunge the records of people with past marijuana convictions following the legalization of recreational ...

'Clean Slate': State's new law important step to redusing recidivism  Uniontown Herald StandardThere wasn't a lot of fanfare to go with it, but Pennsylvania took an important step this week toward reducing recidivism and driving down the amount that ...

New Clean Slate Law allows sealing of certain criminal cases  WPVI-TVCertain Pennsylvania residents who've run afoul of the law will start the new year with a clean slate.

If you have an old criminal record, today you can finally get a 'clean slate' in Pa.  Pittsburgh Post-GazetteFor more than a decade, Tyeisha, 32, of Norristown, has been dogged by her criminal record — the last remaining scars from when a coworker attacked her on ...

Want to sweep your record clean? Process is complex, but can start online  Pittsburgh Post-GazetteThousands of people across Pennsylvania have submitted requests to have old criminal records sealed in the two weeks since the state expanded the types of ...

Pa.'s new Clean Slate Law means jail time is no longer a life sentence  GenerocityAt least for some Pennsylvanians, like ND, who served time in the '90s for misdemeanors: "My record should be clean just like me." Pa.'s new Clean Slate Law ...

Editorial: Sealing records of psychiatric patients under state care is cause for alarm  Buffalo NewsWilliam “Bill” Sutherland is not behind bars, nor is he free. Sutherland has been confined to state psychiatric hospitals since pleading “not responsible by rea…

Pa.'s Clean Slate Law starts allowing those convicted of minor crimes to sweep their records from public view  PennLiveThe option doesn't apply to violent crimes and other felonies.

Legal groups launch effort to help people get Clean Slate relief  Sunbury Daily ItemHARRISBURG — People who've had long-ago minor run-ins with the law can get their records sealed under a state law that took effect in late December.

Trump Signed the First Step Act for Criminal Justice Reform. Here's the Second Step  FortuneNow that President Trump has signed the First Step Act, criminal justice reform should focus on lowering recidivism rates.

Pa's new 'clean slate' law is an important step to reducing recidivism | Editorial  PennLive.comThere wasn't a lot of fanfare to go with it, but Pennsylvania took an important step this week toward reducing recidivism and driving down the amount that ...

Editorial: New program adds to effectiveness of clean slate law  Reading EagleWe're pleased to see additional efforts taken to ensure that this groundbreaking measure turns out to be a success.

5 of the most impactful laws Pennsylvania passed in 2018  Billy PennFrom criminal justice reform to actual firearms legislation.

For Those with Criminal Records, New Year Can Bring Clean Slate  Public News ServiceHARRISBURG, Pa. – Many Pennsylvanians with old criminal records are now eligible to have those records sealed. The first phase of the state's Clean Slate Act ...

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.”

Editorials from around Pennsylvania  The News TribuneEditorials from around Pennsylvania: ___. PA'S NEW 'CLEAN SLATE LAW IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO REDUCING RECIDIVISM, Jan. 4. There wasn't a lot of ...

Cleveland Housing Court sets new rules to make requests to seal evictions easier  cleveland.comCleveland Housing Court Judge Ronald O'Leary, in court in 2018, has created new rules that lay out when and how tenants can apply to have eviction cases ...

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 ...

D.C. Mayor Bowser to reappoint Police Chief Newsham, Superintendent Kang  Washington PostD.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced Monday that she will reappoint Police Chief Peter Newsham and State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang, ...

The new symbol of shame: “C” for conviction  Washington ExaminerFor good or bad, shame is part of the criminal justice system. We post pictures of individuals accused of crimes in newspapers, we reduce the identity of ...

Will marijuana legalization impact past convictions? | Local News  Niagara GazetteWith Democrats in full control of the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's support for the measure, New York appears more likely than ever to legalize ...

Editorial: 'Clean Slate' is a good way to start 2019  Tribune-ReviewWe have to hold people accountable. When someone does something wrong, we need to make sure they learn a lesson. There has to be a penalty. There has to ...

2018 Called 'High Point' in Restoring Rights to Individuals with Criminal Records  Crime ReportSome 30 states and the District of Columbia passed laws or enacted statutes aimed at helping people with criminal records overcome barriers to reintegrating ...

Court rejects plan to seal juvenile records  Albuquerque JournalALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Justices: Amendments don't jibe with state's general rule of transparency.

New 'clean slate' law gives some ex-offenders fresh hope on jobs, housing  LancasterOnlinePennsylvanians with old, low-level offenses on their records have *fresh* hope that past mistakes won't cost them new jobs or housing.

Lallier ruling sets benchmark for open courts in NC  Asheboro Courier TribuneThe state Court of Appeals ruling last week to unseal a civil court file involving businessman Mike Lallier has implications that reach far beyond Cumberland ...

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 ...

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 ...

Changes in Law Highlight Potential Shift in Tenant Screening; Opines TenantScreeningUSA.com  PR WebChange in laws in Pennsylvania and Ohio point to a potential shift in how Criminal Records are viewed and utilized as a part of Tenant Screening.

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.

La Shawn K. Ford, candidate for mayor  Chicago Sun-TimesThe Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board sent mayoral candidates a list of questions to find out their views on a range of issues facing the city. La Shawn K. Ford ...

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.

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.

Clean Slate Law is a fair and sensible measure to strengthen communities  LancasterOnlineTHE ISSUE. Pennsylvania's new Clean Slate Law, which went into effect in late December, allows state residents with decade-old, low-level offenses to petition ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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?

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 ...

Wisconsin's criminal expungement rules keep needed workers out of jobs, study says  Milwaukee Journal SentinelA think tank's report suggests ways Wisconsin could modify its restrictive rules about expunging criminal records to boost employment.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

YWCA to hold expungement workshop  CIproud.comYWCA Mission Impact is holding a *Fresh* Start Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 11.

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.

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 ...

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, ...

Indictment says two former employees embezzled at least $800,000 from Silverwood Theme Park  The Spokesman-ReviewSilverwood's former accounting manager, Melissa K. Foeller, and former Chief Financial Officer Christopher A. Wyatt each face five counts of grand theft.

News media wins right to challenge open records case seal  Journal TimesRACINE — The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently made a decision that could at least partially lift the veil of secrecy regarding an open-records case filed by ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The ACLU and The Leadership Conference Urge Members of Congress to Support S.756, the FIRST STEP Act  Civilrights.orgView a PDF of this letter here. The Honorable Paul D. Ryan Speaker U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Capitol First Street S.E.. Washington, D.C. 20004.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Mary Cheh Introduces Bill to Seal Eviction Records, Give Tenants Notice of Eviction Filing  Washington City PaperDarrow MontgomeryWard 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced a bill during Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting to reform how D.C. Superior Court ...

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.

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 ...

AK Criminal Justice Commission considers expungement of criminal records  KTVAShould criminal history follow Alaskans forever, or should former inmates be given a clean slate after a period of good behavior? That's a conversation ...

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 ...

Expungement law details  Akron Beacon JournalHere are details about Ohio's expungement law, provided by the Ohio Justice & Police Center and the Summit County Clerk of Courts: Who is eligible: People ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

California\'s New Marijuana Law Is a First But Likely Not the Last  GoverningCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown has spent much of his last two terms making what he considers to be amends for the past. The state has a history of tough-on-crime ...

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.

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

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 ...

Tekashi 6ix9ine Sealing His Fate With Gangs, Guns and Goons  The Daily BeastTekashi 6ix9ine was booked for a bar mitzvah at the 1 Oak club in New York last Sunday even though he is on probation for use of a child in a sexual ...

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 ...

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 ...