Brooklyn DA, others urge Albany to repeal loitering law and enable record-clearing for trafficking victims before end of session  Brooklyn Daily EagleWith just a few hours left in the state legislative session, advocates continued urging state lawmakers to pass two bills designed to protect transgender ...

North Carolina moves to help offenders clear their records  WLOSEvery time 28-year-old Poet Williams applies for a job, his arrest record comes up: three nonviolent misdemeanors. Those drug charges have followed the ...

Gov. Whitmer promised to expunge marijuana-related criminal records in Michigan. Those convicted are still waiting.  Detroit Metro TimesGov. Whitmer promised to expunge pot-related criminal records after legalization. Those convicted are still waiting. More than six months after voters legalized ...

Liberating criminal justice data: How a Florida law provides a blueprint for the nation  ABA JournalImage by Stephen Finn via Shutterstock.com. In a self-imposed Sisyphean task, the team at Measures for Justice travels the U.S. unearthing, collecting and ...

Trump's Human Trafficking Record Is Fake News  Foreign PolicySince taking office in 2017, the Trump administration has claimed that its human rights agenda centers on human trafficking. “My Administration continues to ...

Hundreds of thousands of people have weed convictions in N.J. They could soon be able to clear those records.  NJ.comEDITOR'S NOTE: The billion-dollar medical marijuana, hemp and legal weed industries offer an economic opportunity unrivaled in modern N.J. history.

Criminal expungements a possibility for more West Virginians - WV MetroNews  West Virginia MetroNewsA new state law allows for court petitions to potentially clear records for many nonviolent felonies and additional misdemeanors.

California bill would clear conviction and arrest records  ABC10.com KXTVRoughly 20% of Californians have past legal convictions that can restrict them from jobs, housing, and educational opportunities, officials said.

Bill that could protect trafficking survivors from deportation has yet to reach floor in Albany  Queens Daily EagleBy David Brand. As the legislative session comes to a close, New York state lawmakers have yet to vote on a bill that could protect survivors of human trafficking ...

Why sex-trafficking victims may soon be getting some relief in New York  Rochester Democrat and ChronicleLawmakers are hoping to pass the bill before the end of session.

Advertiser: How to Clear My Arrest Record in New Orleans  Gentilly MessengerBy Lance J. Robinson, Owner and Lead Attorney at The Law Office of Lance J. Robinson. Being arrested is often a frightening, stressful situation. In New Orleans ...

No, Sen. Rice we shouldn't shovel pot smokers into expensive drug programs, marijuana expert says  NJ.comEDITOR'S NOTE: Entrepreneurs everywhere are eyeing the billion-dollar legal weed industry, an economic opportunity unrivaled in modern N.J. history.

Clearing 800,000 Illinois people of convictions makes sense if pot is legalized  Chicago Sun-TimesIn the remaining weeks of the current session, Illinois lawmakers will consider a critical bill that not only would legalize the possession and sale of specified ...

US maple syrup production up despite shorter season  WSBT-TVU. S. maple syrup production increased slightly this year, even though the sap-collecting season was shorter than last year's, according to the U. S. Department ...

It should be easier to expunge minor crimes and give people a second chance, attorney says  NJ.comBy Akil Roper. Later this year, Pennsylvania will be the first state to implement a system of expungement and sealing of criminal records - that will require the ...

Bills to Boost Justice Data Collection and Automate Expungements Sail Through the Assembly |  witnessla.comOn Wednesday, the California Assembly passed two bills that seek to bring equity to California's criminal justice system. AB 1076, a bill to automate the ...

Hong Kong Police Clear Streets as Protesters Move to Park  KTLA Los AngelesProtesters in Hong Kong left the streets, averting possible clashes Monday after haggling for hours with police by moving to areas near the city's government ...

Prince Harry champions mother's cause: clearing land mines  KBTV Fox 4 BeaumontLONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has offered his support to a new initiative to clear land mines from a wilderness area in Angola, saying it will protect lives and help ...

City Implements Alternatives to Criminal Justice System for Juveniles  Evanston RoundTableThe City's Administrative Adjudication hearing process has been pretty much on an island of its own in recent years but that's likely to change soon, particularly ...

Rackauckas Secretly Cleared Deputies Accused of Lying About Informants  VoiceofOCFormer District Attorney Tony Rackauckas quietly decided last year to not have prosecutors tell defense attorneys about 10 sheriff deputies suspected of lying ...

Lee pushes re-entry programs amid reaction to violent crime  The Daily MemphianA two-day visit to Memphis by Gov. Bill Lee included signing a bill dropping state fees for expungements. The move comes against a backdrop of reaction to the ...

Expungement And Sealing Of Records Help Ex-Criminals Return To Work  NPRA criminal conviction can present obstacles to everything from jobs to housing. Since 2017, more than 20 states have expanded or added laws that help people ...

Solving civic tech challenges at Code for America Summit  DiginomicaMatt Jukes shares what he learned at the recent Code for America Summit, which is one of the must attend events for those working in civic tech.

Illinois poised to be 11th state to allow recreational marijuana  Indiana LawyerIllinois is likely to become the 11th state to allow small amounts of marijuana for recreational use after the Democratic-controlled House on Friday sent a ...

Marijuana Possession Ordinance Finally Gets Approved By City Council  WVXUCincinnati City Council voted five-three Wednesday to decriminalize the possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana. The ordinance states "no person shall ...

Civic-Minded Coders Help Government Wipe Clean Marijuana-Related Records  Weedmaps NewsWhen San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced in February 2019 that more than 9,000 marijuana-related convictions would be cleared, the ...

Facing prison time, Sam Morris is fighting for his recovery and to better his community  Concord MonitorSam Morris said he used to go to bed feeling guilty most nights.The 29-year-old sleeps better now, waking up at 5:15 a.m. six days a week so he can catch a ride ...

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.

Automatic Sealing? Expungement? As They Legalize Marijuana, New York Lawmakers Negotiate Clearing Criminal Records  Gotham GazetteMayor de Blasio discusses marijuana policy (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office). New York seems poised to enact the country's first automatic ...

Stealing from the dead: Forged deeds, a bogus title company, counterfeit notary stamps  The Philadelphia InquirerIn neighborhood after neighborhood undergoing gentrification, the outright theft of homes is becoming an especially virulent problem in Philadelphia.

Seven-In-Ten Americans Want Federal Marijuana Convictions Automatically Sealed, Survey Finds  Marijuana MomentA congressional bill to automatically seal the records of individuals with non-violent marijuana convictions at the federal level is supported by 71 percent of U.S. ...

Many Californians can clear criminal records, but don’t. This bill would make it automatic  San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Assemblyman Phil Ting on Thursday announced AB1076, a first-of-its-kind initiative that would automatically ...

Undoing the Damage of the Drug War  Rolling StoneA criminal record, even for something as seemingly minor as weed possession, can serve as a lifelong stain, preventing someone from getting a job, a house, ...

Clear more criminal records to give people a fresh start  Raleigh News & ObserverNorth Carolina leaders are considering legislation that would substantially expand the number of people who are eligible to clear their criminal record, and ...

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.

County Public Defender Reaches Out to Help Homeless  SCVNEWS.comThe man with a painful past stood amid a crowded homeless encampment on S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, talking to an LA County deputy public ...

How One City Invests Cannabis Tax Dollars Into Black-Owned Businesses  FilterSmall cannabis business-owners of color in Portland, Oregon are getting a serious leg-up in the legal industry at a time when many of their peers around the ...

An algorithm wipes clean the criminal pasts of thousands  BBC NewsThis month, a judge in California cleared thousands of criminal records with one stroke of his pen. He did it thanks to a ground-breaking new algorithm that ...

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.

Proposed Law Would Broaden Eligibility For Criminal Expungement  Wisconsin Public Radio NewsA bill in the state Legislature would make more individuals with criminal records eligible for expungement.

San Francisco will remove more than 9,300 marijuana-related crimes from people’s records  Los Angeles TimesA year-long effort to expunge marijuana-related convictions in San Francisco has been completed, with more than 9300 crimes slated to be removed from ...

Bill to allow petitions to judges to expunge criminal records clears Senate  New Mexico Political ReportCommitting a crime might be easy enough. Getting a criminal record expunged in New Mexico is more difficult than almost anywhere in the West. Now that is ...

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 ...

6/20/2019 Kemmerer Gazette legal notices  Kemmerer GazettePUBLIC NOTICE. Lincoln County School District No. 1 will be destroying Special Education Records for students whose records have been maintained for more ...

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

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.

Expunge all marijuana crimes automatically  The Massachusetts Daily CollegianMarijuana possession is not a crime anymore, so why should former convictions be relevant?

San Francisco To Expunge Thousands Of Marijuana Convictions  NPRSan Francisco officials plan to expunge more than 9,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1975, the city's highest law enforcement official said Monday.

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

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 ...

Texarkana appeals court overturns clearing of Red River County woman's charges  Paris NewsTEXARKANA — The Texas Department of Public Safety has thwarted an attempt by 6th District Court in Red River County to expunge arrest records related to ...

Some states are expunging marijuana-related convictions. Why isn't Michigan?  Michigan RadioNow that recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan, what happens to the around 50,0000 people who've previously been convicted of marijuana-related crimes ...

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.

Our View: With cannabis legal, clear criminal records  Press HeraldWhy should one group of citizens pay lifelong consequences for things that others do today with impunity? File photo by Gabe Souza. It's legal for those 21 and ...

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 ...

Prosecutors move to clear 54,000 marijuana convictions in California  Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles and San Joaquin prosecutors plan to automatically wipe out tens of thousands of marijuana convictions eligible under Proposition 64.

Manhattan DA joins push to help qualified nonviolent offenders seal their criminal records  New York Daily NewsNonviolent offenders are about to get help clearing their criminal records from an unlikely source — the Manhattan District Attorney's office. Staffers for DA Cy ...

Erasing arrest records could be easier if this bill passes  ABC10.com KXTVAssemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Fransico) introduced legislation Feb. 21 that would allow for an automated process of clearing arrest and conviction records.

Rutgers Law School offering free expungement sessions in Camden  Cherry Hill Courier PostStaff will offer general information sessions on how to clear some criminal convictions.

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  Mackinac Center for Public PolicyClean-slate laws help people reintegrate into the workforce.

How One Platform Is Helping Ex-Offenders Clear Their Record  ForbesThis article discusses the platform Clear My Record, which helps ex-offenders to clear their criminal record.

Cannabis criminal record relief: A Q&A with Katie Blakeman : Culture  Smile Politely - Champaign-Urbana's Online MagazineJust a couple of weeks ago, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the details of a much anticipated and expected bill to legalize cannabis in the state of Illinois.

Guest opinion: Help former criminals expunge records and move on with Clean Slate Initiative  Utah PolicyEvery day, thousands of Utahns are burdened by nonviolent criminal records that torpedo good job prospects, deny them homes, and even prevent them from ...

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.

N.J.'s governor promised to clear weed convictions. Here's just how hard that will be.  NJ.comClearing a criminal record is a difficult, burdensome process in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy could soon make it even worse if he legalizes marijuana.

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.

Free clinics offer the opportunity to clear criminal records  American River CurrentAmerican River College is offering students a chance to get their criminal record expunged during free, on-campus expungement clinics throughout this ...

Concerns over domestic violence prompt proposed changes to annulment bill  Concord MonitorAuthors of a bill originally intended to expedite the process of clearing the criminal records of young offenders and victims of PTSD proposed an amendment ...

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 ...

California Prosecutors Move to Clear Old Pot Convictions  ReasonRecreational weed went into effect last year. Now, two prosecutors are trying to bring the criminal justice system up to speed.

Corley gets second chance to clear name after metro Detroit shooting  Michigan AdvanceIn Akira Kurosawa's famous 1950 film Rashomon, a samurai is murdered in the forest. An unsuspecting woodcutter discovers his body — the samurai's hands ...

I Toured the Texas-Mexico Border. Here Are 8 Things I Learned.  Daily SignalLAREDO, Texas—Guarding this sector of the southern border involves a set of challenges that is quite different than nearby stations in the Lone Star State.

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 ...

Wolf Signs Bill Sealing Some Criminal Records After Decade  U.S. News & World ReportHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lower-level, nonviolent crimes in Pennsylvania will automatically be sealed from public review after 10 years under a law signed ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

Here's New Mexico Militia Leader Johnny Horton Jr.'s Bizarre Arrest Record  Southern Poverty Law CenterLike how he's in direct contact with President Donald Trump and advising the commander-in-chief on border security. Or how he's planning to lead hundreds of ...

Mass. still has no clue how many people's marijuana records should be cleared  The Boston GlobeAs the state's pot industry rakes in millions of dollars, momentum is growing for the government to automatically expunge old cannabis records.

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 ...

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 ...

When It Comes to Rape, Just Because a Case Is Cleared Doesn’t Mean It’s Solved  ProPublicaSome police departments, turning to a designation that's supposed to be used sparingly, make it seem as though they've solved a significant number of rape ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Fulton holding another event to help people expunge arrest records  Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFulton County wants to help clear arrests, charges and minor blemishes from citizens' criminal records through a free expungement event on Aug. 11.

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.

'Revolutionary' technology helps clear past convictions faster in San Joaquin County  ABC10.com KXTVSTOCKTON, Calif. — Criminal records are being cleared faster than ever before at the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office, thanks to some new ...

Procedure to expunge criminal record  News24THE Mount Road Police would like to make the community aware of the procedure that must be followed when applying for a criminal record to be expunged.

What happens to old marijuana convictions in states where it’s now legal?  Boston.comBURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Despite its name, hippie reputation and liberal spirit, Vermont hasn't always been kind to pot smokers. Now, as the state moves to ...

California Company Launching Program to Help Expunge Cannabis Convictions Under Prop. 64  Cannabis Business TimesHeally's *Fresh* Start program will guide applicants through the expungement process with pro-bono legal counsel.

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.

What’s New in Civic Tech: CfA Justice Project Gets Donations  Government TechnologyThis Saturday is April 20, colloquially known as 4-20 and celebrated nationwide by those who enjoy recreational marijuana. To honor the day, the cannabis ...

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 ...

Washington lawmakers seek smoother path to redemption for formerly incarcerated residents  NW News NetworkCarolina Landa's 12-year-old son has a new obsession: an old Scooby-Doo movie. It's part of Zach's life with autism. He fixates on certain objects — a.

The ‘Clean Slate’ bill would let people move on from their mistakes.  Hartford CourantClean Slate gives people who have moved on from the worst moments of their lives the chance to earn their success by removing obstacles to a home, ...

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.

Bill Lee's plan to eliminate criminal expungement fee heads to Senate floor with support  The TennesseanTennessee Governor Bill Lee's plan would eliminate the $180 expungement fee, making it easier for thousands of eligible offenders to get a clean criminal ...