Medical marijuana, expungement reforms head to final vote. And NJ may decriminalize weed.  Asbury Park PressTRENTON - While the legislative push to legalize weed might be dead for now in New Jersey, bills to expand the state's medical marijuana program, overhaul ...

NY Senate Leader Backs Expunging Criminal Records in Marijuana Legalization | New York Law Journal  Law.comThe leader of the New York State Senate said Wednesday that she would prefer low-level marijuana-related criminal records to be expunged, rather than sealed ...

Holley, McKnight & Wimberly Bill Revising State Expungement Procedures Approved by Assembly Panel  InsiderNJHolley, McKnight & Wimberly Bill Revising State Expungement Procedures Approved by Assembly Panel. (TRENTON) – On legislation (A-4498) that would ...

Marijuana Decrim Bill Up in the Assembly on Thursday  InsiderNJBills connected to medical marijuana expansion and expungement are scheduled to go before the full assembly on Thursday. They are A10 and A4498, ...

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 ...

Amid pushback from prosecutors, Illinois Dems call expungement provision 'critical' to marijuana legalization  The SouthernSPRINGFIELD — Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois might be unconstitutional. That is the warning one ...

Got a juvenile criminal record? Head to an expungement clinic  Daily HeraldThe last thing Jane expected to worry about before graduating from medical school was her juvenile criminal record.

A welcome move to ease the burden of a criminal record  Charlotte ObserverNC lawmakers move to let more people clear their criminal record.

Big source of Murphy 'dark money' group's money is revealed  PoliticoGood Monday morning! For 140 days, I've kept count of how long it's been since the Murphy-aligned group “New Direction New Jersey” reneged on its promise ...

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 ...

Democrats call expungement provision 'critical' to marijuana legalization  Rochelle News LeaderSPRINGFIELD — Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois might be unconstitutional. That is the warning one ...

Democrats call expungement ‘critical’ to marijuana legalization  The Edwardsville IntelligencerSPRINGFIELD — Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois might be unconstitutional. That is the warning one ...

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/17/19  NORML BlogWelcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup!

Two bills aim to help remove certain marijuana charges from criminal records  WGMEAUGUSTA (WGME) -- Two bills in front of the judicial committee of the Maine legislature would change the criminal records of Mainers who have certain ...

Barickman balks at expunging criminal records for drug dealers  MyStateline.comILLINOIS (WCIA) -- A Central Illinois lawmaker who supports legalizing recreational cannabis for adult use says a portion of the plan currently supported by ...

Ban-the-Box Legislation Heads to New Mexico  The National Law ReviewNew Mexico has adopted ban the box legislation preventing employers to request expungement or criminal records, from those who are applying for a new job.

Legislators attempt to support employment of past offenders through expungement law reform  The Daily CardinalLegislators across the state are attempting to mitigate unemployment issues held by formerly incarcerated people by supporting expungement reform.

Cummings, Nadler, Bass, and Booker Reintroduce the Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act  LasentinelWashington, D.C. (April 30, 2019) – Today, Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; Jerrold Nadler ...

Legal recreational pot in Illinois? The devil is in the details for Pritzker, legislators  Chicago TribuneAt the outset of the spring legislative session, legalization of recreational pot in Illinois might have seemed like a foregone conclusion. It is a top item on ...

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.

City of Santa Maria offers free criminal record clearance clinic  KSBY San Luis Obispo NewsThe City of Santa Maria Public Library is partnering with the Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office and nonprofit “OneJustice” to provide a free criminal ...

Goodwill, partners offer expungement clinic; Upcoming changes in law will make it easier for some  Glasgow Daily TimesGLASGOW – Changes approved in the 2019 General Assembly will make it possible for some who aren't eligible now to get their criminal records expunged.

Using Marijuana Revenue to Create Jobs  Center For American ProgressToday's national policy debate around marijuana stands in sharp contrast to the debate of the past. Current elected leaders as well as those running for office ...

Joe Biden Endorses Marijuana Decriminalization And Rescheduling—But Not Legalization  Marijuana MomentFormer Vice President Joe Biden remains opposed to legalizing marijuana but said through a spokesperson on Thursday that he supports decriminalizing ...

Expunging arrests would be easier under bill approved by Senate  WRAL.comOther criminal justice reform efforts likely to die as legislative deadline approaches.

Law school to host Expungement Day event - University News |  University NewsMore than 200 people are expected to attend Expungement receiving free access to their criminal records and reviewing what convictions qualify for removal ...

Federal: The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act - NORML - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws  NORML BlogSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Majority Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries introduced the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove ...

Your Illinois News Radar » Madigan on finding 60 votes for the cannabis bill and convincing “the minorities”  The Capitol Fax BlogTuesday, May 7, 2019. * From the newly introduced cannabis legalization bill in the eligibility for expungement section… “Minor violation of the Cannabis Control ...

Lawyers And Coders Team Up To Help Ex-Offenders Clear Their Records In Kansas City  KCURHaving a criminal record can make it hard to find a job, and a place to live. Missouri allows some offenses to be erased from a person's record, or.

Pilot project helps Street Roots vendors expunge their records  Street Roots NewsStreet Roots, the Metropolitan Public Defender and the Portland Housing Bureau recently collaborated on “Expungement Palooza," a pilot project aimed at ...

Can pot legalization help the poor, minority communities it hurt most?  Times Herald-RecordComplicating the law-making process are questions about how best to erase marijuana convictions and ensure that people who were arrested for pot benefit ...

N.J. still wants to throw out old marijuana charges, but it just got more confusing  lehighvalleylive.comWith legal weed dead, the state Legislature will now try for medical marijuana expansion and expungement. But the expungement part is still unclear.

Plan to penalize pot possession with $50 ticket advances, shakily  New Jersey 101.5 FM RadioExpungement of criminal records advanced easily. But vote on switching to civil fine for possession was shelved, revived, then advanced without discussion.

Stafford Democrat seeking Va. 88th District house seat  Fauquier NowKecia Evans running in June 11 primary for nomination to challenge Del. Mark Cole.

Expungement Reform Gains Overwhelming Bipartisan Support  Washington Free BeaconWhile some of the first federal prison reform measures in decades were enacted under President Donald Trump early this year, the White House declared April ...

Busted for weed? Don't worry. Michigan could have your back.  City PulseAbout three months after Jeff Carter was paroled from prison on felony weed dealing charges, recreational marijuana was legalized in Michigan. But the black ...

The Case for Expunging Criminal Records  The New York TimesA new study shows the benefits of giving people a clean slate.

NJ Politics Digest: With Legal Pot on Hold, Is Decriminalization Next?  ObserverNow that it appears New Jersey won't be legalizing marijuana until at least after November 2020, state legislators might move this week to essentially ...

Marijuana cannabis pot weed legalization not a revenue panacea for Illinois  Crain's Chicago BusinessThe millions in new revenue the Pritzker administration expects—if it materializes—is certainly not nothing, but it's far from enough to put Illinois' books into ...

The Cannabis Revolution Comes to the Capitol  Rolling StoneSince the dawn of the Drug War, federal legislators have stood by, or even applauded, as millions of Americans have racked up convictions for marijuana ...

CAPITOL RECAP: Changes likely coming to cannabis legalization bill  Alton TelegraphCAPITOL RECAP: Changes likely coming to cannabis legalization bill. By Capitol News Illinois staff. Recommended Video. Speed. Normal. Quality. Auto. Quality.

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 ...

Pardon and expungement assistance program accepting applicants  delawarebusinessnow.comAPEX is accepting applicants. APEX, which stands for Advancement through Pardons and Expungements is a state program housed in the Delaware ...

The mandate for system change is growing  Street Roots NewsDIRECTOR'S DESK | It's a lot of work to fix the system. It's better to prevent barriers in the first place.

Criminal Record Expungement Act heads to Senate with bipartisan support  KRQE News 13A bill that allows people to get an arrest or conviction taken off their record is making its way through the legislature. The Criminal Record Expungement Act is ...

Assembly panel to take input on criminal record expungement  Star TribuneA legislative committee is set to take public comments on a bill that would allow more convicts to have their records erased.

When a Criminal Record Is Erased, or Isn’t  The New York TimesA retired California judge and the Brooklyn district attorney discuss aspects of the issue, including applying for professional licenses and marijuana possession.

Free criminal record expungement, sealing clinic in Cairo  KFVSAttorneys will be available to assist eligible low-income Illinois residents, with qualifying adult misdemeanor and felony criminal records, apply to have their ...

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.

Kathleen McClernan  Maryland Daily RecordThere are cases and moments that occur where Kathleen McClernan knows she has truly made a difference in someone's life. Whether it's in a criminal case ...

Rutgers Law School Students Assist Camden-Area Residents Seeking to Expunge Criminal Records  Rutgers-Camden NewsNowBy Jeanne Leong. A minor criminal offense that happened 20 years earlier could prevent someone from getting a job or finding an apartment if a criminal ...

ACLU Pushes for Criminal Record Expungements in New Mexico  U.S. News & World ReportALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for criminal justice reform are urging Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to sign legislation that would allow for people to ...

Criminal record holders are being encouraged to seek sealing orders, expungement  Dorchester ReporterLast year's reform law expanded process Massachusetts residents with a history of criminal activity or court appearances are increasingly seeking to seal or, ...

Here's how to get a criminal record expunged  AZ Big MediaHaving a criminal report even after being proven innocent can be a smear on your name. Find out what you can do to get a criminal record expunged. One-third ...

Proposed bill provides offenders second chance to clear criminal records  The Daily CardinalLegislators proposed a new bill to support non-violent offenders' ability to re-enter the workforce after fulfilling their sentences by extending criminal record ...

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.

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 ...

Making a difference together | Editorial  Daily Journal OnlinePeace Officers Memorial Day is held annually in the United States on May 15 in honor of federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

A second chance for young offenders with NC expunction legislation  Charlotte PostThe North Carolina Senate last week unanimously passed The Second Chance Act, which will expand the opportunity for individuals to have certain nonviolent ...

UNM Seeks Credit Hour Price Increase, Governor Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bills  KUNMUniversity Of New Mexico Proposes Upping Credit Hour Price – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press University of New Mexico officials have proposed.

Utah lawmakers pass the 'clean slate' bill to automatically clear the criminal records of people who earn an expungement  Salt Lake TribuneUtah is poised to become the second state in the nation to adopt an automatic system that will eventually wipe out the criminal records of people convicted of ...

Your Right to Know: Don't purge records of expunged cases  Appleton Post CrescentWisconsin legislators are looking to reform current law governing the expungement of criminal records. Among other things, SB-39 would allow those convicted ...

CT pot legalization could include expungement of criminal records  The CT MirrorSenate Democrats unveiled a slew of proposals Wednesday that would not only legalize and tax the sale of marijuana for recreational use, but also expunge ...

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 ...

Ex-politician brutally attacked at MOA urges judge to erase his attacker's record  Star TribuneA prosecutor opposes expunging the criminal record of a 22-year-old Minneapolis woman who severely beat Mark Andrew in 2013 at the Mall of America.

Cumberland clinic to help people expunge criminal records  The Fayetteville ObserverCumberland County's third annual expungement clinic to help people clear minor criminal histories from their record begins in March.A criminal record limits a ...

Richmond 34 members’ records expunged 59 years after Thalhimers sit-in  WTVR CBS 6 NewsRICHMOND, VA. -- Several members of the Richmond 34 spent part of the 59th anniversary of their Civil Rights action removing the last legal remnant of 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 ...

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.

Mitch McConnell Touts Hemp As He Proposes Raising Tobacco Purchase Age Limit  Marijuana MomentSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Monday that hemp represents a lucrative alternative to tobacco for farmers in his home state of ...

Bill would prohibit companies from asking job applicants about expunged criminal record  KUTV 2NewsA new bill that would prohibit public employers from asking about a job applicant's expunged criminal record passed in the Utah House of Representatives.

Attorneys host clinic to help expunge criminal records, open up better employment opportunities  Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3Local attorneys are partnering with the Urban League of Greater Madison to help people with past convictions or arrests erase them from their records in an ...

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.

Criminal Records for Obsolete Crimes  The Wall Street JournalWhen pot is made legal, old convictions should be expunged.

Whitmer will consider forgiving marijuana crimes  The Detroit NewsGov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer will pursue executive action or legislation to free inmates and expunge criminal records for those convicted of marijuana crimes that ...

City's lawyers will help job seekers expunge criminal records at upcoming WorkBaltimore convention  Baltimore FishbowlIt is no exaggeration, as we all know, to say that the existence of criminal justice records about an individual poses one of the most formidable barriers to ...

Expungement fair will offer info, job opportunities for those with criminal records - The Advocate-Messenger  Danville AdvocateYou have read 1 of 8 articles. Log In or Subscribe. A free expungement fair has been scheduled this week to assist those who want to find out if their criminal ...

Do felons deserve a chance to clear their record? Delaware Legislature set to debate  The News JournalDelaware lawmakers are debating a proposal to allow certain offenders greater latitude to clear their criminal record.

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.

New Mexico governor signs Criminal Record Engagement Act  KRQE News 13The governor signed legislation Wednesday that would give people with a criminal past a break.

Bill would shield some criminal records from view  Albuquerque JournalEditor's note: this story has been updated to reflect that the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association supports the bill.

How qualifying Detroiters can get their criminal records expunged  Fox 2 DetroitHaving a criminal record can hold you back in life, but Detroit residents are getting an opportunity to have a clean record.

Legal advice available to citizens on expunging a criminal record  Valley NewsWHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A criminal record expungement clinic will be held today at the Department of Labor in White River Junction.The event, co-hosted by ...

Connecticut youth deserve a clean slate  The CT MirrorYouth who are arrested often find themselves on a path of family separation, educational disruption, and trauma. When they exit the juvenile justice system, ...

Goodwill Expungement Clinic helps clean criminal records  WAVE 3LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Nearly 200 people got a second chance on a part of their lives that was put on hold on Friday. Mistakes from nearly three decades ...

Your Right to Know: Don't Purge Expunged Criminal Records  urbanmilwaukeeThe goal of helping ex-offenders get jobs is laudable, but too much public information will be lost.

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 ...

Bill would make it easier for New Mexicans to expunge criminal records  Las Cruces Sun-NewsFor people who have completed a criminal sentence, it may get easier to put the past behind them. The state House of Representatives passed legislation ...

New criminal record expungement law could benefit SC job seekers  WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SCMYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - A state law officially in effect at the start of the year could make it easier for some people to find jobs in South Carolina.

Jussie Smollett won't seek to expunge court records with his criminal charges thrown out, his lawyers say  Chicago TribuneAttorneys for the Chicago Tribune and other news organizations went to Cook County court Thursday to block records from being destroyed if Jussie Smollett's ...

Macon County record sealing, expungement summit gives residents hope for second chances  Herald & ReviewDECATUR — Weston Stephens is looking for a new beginning, and after Saturday, he's hoping that he's a few steps closer to getting one.

Utah lawmaker proposes 'clean slate' law to automatically wipe away nonviolent criminal records  Deseret NewsUtah could become the second state to offer "clean slate" legislation, which would automatically expunge a person's criminal record after a certain amount of ...

Want to clear your criminal record? Learn how Saturday in Fayetteville  The Fayetteville ObserverCumberland County's annual expungement clinic has an information session at Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church on Raeford Road.

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 ...

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.

Opinion | A conservative case for criminal record 'Clean Slate' in Michigan  Bridge MichiganAn estimated half million Michigan adults have criminal records that hobble their ability to get jobs. Could wiping their slate clean help the state economy, and ...

California Measure Would Expunge Many Marijuana-Related Crimes  NPRCalifornia lawmakers have approved a measure requiring prosecutors to expunge convictions or reduce sentences for many marijuana-related convictions ...

Free legal clinic in Santa Maria offered to help clear criminal records  KEYTThe Santa Maria Public Library is teaming up with the Santa Barbara County Public Defender's office to offer the community a free criminal record clearance ...

States Enact Legislation Facilitating Expungement For Low-Level Crimes  NORML BlogGovernors in two western states have signed legislation into law to facilitate the process of permitting those past criminal convictions to have their records ...

Wisconsin Lawmakers Resurrect Expungement Bill | Wisconsin News  U.S. News & World ReportMADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Wisconsin legislators is again trying to pass a bill that would allow convicts to ask judges to expunge low-level ...