Criminal expungements may be key to boosting minority participation in Michigan's fledgling marijuana industry  The Oakland PressThere's a lot of hope riding on a proposed marijuana micro-business license for people like Sammie Rogers.

Detroiters seek to expunge their criminal records for a fresh start  The Detroit NewsProject Clean Slate attorney Kavita Uppal, a former assistant Wayne County Prosecutor, helps Gary Taylor of Detroit with his expungement application at a City ...

Forsyth County attorneys to offer criminal record expungement clinic  Forsyth County News OnlineAccording to local attorney Evan Watson, each year countless Georgia residents go about their daily lives totally unaware that a past criminal history is following ...

Illinois is going to expunge marijuana convictions from 800000 criminal records  CNNIf you've been arrested for weed in Illinois, you can breathe a sigh of relief.

Illinois approves legal weed, expunging criminal records for pot crimes  USA TODAYIllinois on Tuesday became the 11th state to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana for adults, a major victory for cannabis advocates who ...

Should Expunging Criminal Records Be Cheap and Easy?  WKNO FMA couple of years ago, Dalisia Brye got into a fight. “I'm not perfect,” she says, adding that “a bad decision in the heat of the moment" might have been.

Automatic expungement bill proposed for misdemeanor cannabis crimes  WWMT-TVCriminal records can hinder people from getting a job, apartment, or other day-to-day life events and a Democratic state senator wants to automatically clear ...

Ayoola Ajayi, suspect in MacKenzie Lueck's murder, expunged his Utah theft case, clearing his record  Salt Lake TribuneThe 2012 report from Utah State University says police there wanted Ayoola Ajayi charged with a class B misdemeanor for stealing an iPad. What happened ...

N.Y. Lawmakers Pass Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana and Expunge 900000 Arrests  TIMENew York lawmakers decriminalized small amounts of marijuana after failing to agree on a comprehensive package that would have fully legalized the drug and ...

New law creates more opportunities to clear criminal records through expungement in Kentucky  WDRBLOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands more people in Kentucky with criminal histories can wipe their records clean with a new law taking effect Thursday.

Have an old criminal record? Today, Pennsylvania starts sealing 30 million of them automatically.  The Philadelphia InquirerThis Clean Slate law is really about preventing a criminal charge being a life sentence to poverty.”

Dozens hope to start new chapter with Expungement Day  KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake CitySALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of people met with volunteers at the Utah Law and Justice Center on Wednesday to see if they are eligible to get their criminal ...

New State Law Adds More Crimes That Can Be Expunged From Criminal Record  WCBICOLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI)-Current Mississippi law allows people convicted of six specific felonies to have those convictions expunged, or removed, from their ...

Salt Lake County offers expungement services to legally clear criminal records  KJZZThe Salt Lake County Mayor's Office is partnering with the Department of Public Safety and 60 volunteer attorneys from the Utah State Bar to host a second ...

New York marijuana: What to know about decriminalization, criminal records, pot possession  The Journal News | LoHud.comNew York marijuana decriminalization is poised to become law, reducing penalties, fines for low-level pot possession and expunging criminal records.

Felony expungement application fee drops with new Kentucky law  WPSD Local 6PADUCAH — Everyone deserves a second chance, even people who commit certain crimes. Several new laws passed by the Kentucky General Assembly went ...

Nearly 800,000 can clear records for pot possession. Here's how.  Chicago Daily HeraldIllinois' new law allows for near-automatic expungement of marijuana possession arrest or conviction records as long as there are no violent crimes associated ...

NYPD Has Databases of Expunged Stop-And-Frisk Arrests, Bronx Defenders Say  The Marshall ProjectIn New York City, officers are illegally using information from arrests that have been sealed, according to a lawsuit. The practice is legal in more than two dozen ...

Want your record expunged? Salt Lake County has hired an 'expungement navigator' to help  Deseret NewsSalt Lake County's Expungement Day this week is already full, but the county has hired an "expungement navigator" to help hundreds more legally clear their ...

Pennsylvania Becomes First State To Automatically Seal Certain Criminal Records  CBS PittsburghPITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania began automatically sealing criminal records from over 30 million cases Friday under the Clean Slate law. It's the first ...

Pennsylvania Begins Automatically Sealing Millions of Criminal Records  GoverningOne study, conducted at the University of Michigan Law School, found people who received expungements saw their wages increase by an average of 25 ...

New York: Lawmakers Advance Measure Reducing Marijuana Possession...  NORML BlogState lawmakers late last week advanced legislation to the Governor's desk amending marijuana possession penalties and establishing procedures for the ...

Project Clean Slate Helps Detroit Residents Wipe Criminal Records  Crime ReportUnder a program called Project Clean Slate, hundreds of Michigan residents are trying to expunge their records of criminal convictions, driven by prospects of ...

New Kentucky Laws Begin While Some Are Challenged  Louisville Eccentric ObserverHere's a status report on some of the most talked about bills of the 2019 legislative session.

Found in licensed central Iowa day cares: Drugs, felons and abused children  Des Moines RegisterSome providers involved in the most egregious child care violations in central Iowa continue to provide day care, a review of inspection reports shows.

Hawaii Passes Bill on Marijuana Possession  The National Law ReviewOn July 9, 2019, Hawaii became the 26th state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. HB 1383, decriminalizes the possession of up to ...

State sees surge in requests to seal criminal records  Eagle-TribuneBOSTON — A new law making it easier for people to seal their criminal records has prompted a surge of requests, overwhelming state officials.

Illinois set to expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions | TheHill  The HillIllinois is reportedly set to expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions from criminal records. The move will come in response to a landmark measure Illinois ...

770,000 Reasons Legal Weed States Should Be Like Illinois  Chicago, IL PatchIllinois Leads Way For Legal Weed States - Chicago, IL - Sager On Weed: Illinois lawmakers highlighted 'urgent need' for national conversation about ...

New rules now allow expungement of some criminal offenses  Clinton HeraldUntil recently, it was impossible to have an Iowa criminal conviction expunged from a criminal history record – but as of July 1, the criminal court record of some ...

Wyandotte County DA offering weekly chances to wipe criminal record clean  WDAF FOX4 Kansas CityKANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Wyandotte County District Attorney's office is now offering free access to legal help for convicted criminals to clear their records.

Salt Lake County Hires Man to Help Clear Criminal Records  U.S. News & World ReportSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nearly two years ago, Amy Daeschel's life quickly spiraled.

How Miami-Dade Prosecutors Deliver a 'Second Chance'  Crime ReportIn the daily administration of a prosecutor's office, large or small, our duties bring us face to face with individuals enveloped by crisis, chaos, and/or one or more ...

Project PA: Just uncovered documents give 'Kids for Cash' victim hope in getting kids back  WHP HarrisburgThere are late-breaking developments in our Project PA story we first brought you last week. Joshua Fromel is one of the thousands of victims in the “Kids for ...

Marion County Prosecutor's Office Offers Free Expungement Assistance  WFYIhe Marion County Prosecutor's office will offer free assistance this month to those seeking an expungement of their criminal history, or restoration of a suspended ...

Cooper: Bill ends vicious driver cycle  Chattanooga Times Free PressThe scenarios had become vicious cycles for all too many Tennessee drivers.

New program allows for records to be expunged  Pontiac Daily LeaderLivingston County has a new way for criminals to get their records wiped clean. Prairie State Legal Services of Bloomington has partnered with Livingston ...

Expungment: Record may be removed but still seen in places  Tahlequah Daily PressSometimes, when an individual who commits a crime meets certain conditions, a judge can make the record disappear, although anyone looking for it might still ...

Criminal background checks in the Ban the Box era  Business Management DailyIf and when to use hiring tools such as background checks for employment and criminal background checks depends on many factors.

Clean Slate Clinic offers opportunity to expunge minor crimes from criminal records  Montgomery County SentinelSILVER SPRING – On June 17, clients gathered at the Silver Spring Civic Center to seek out legal aid in the hope that their criminal records might finally be ...

Sealing Records of a Teacher's Prosecution for Sexual Conduct with Underage Students?  ReasonAn interesting Massachusetts decision from a couple of months ago, upholding a trial court's refusal to seal under such circumstances.

Parties come to agreement in Mingo concealed carry license case  West Virginia RecordWILLIAMSON — A Mingo Circuit judge ordered a case to stay open until a petition for expungement is filed, after both parties have come to an agreement.

Classes to speed up expungement nearly ready  Huntington Herald DispatchCHARLESTON — It's been more than a month since Senate Bill 152, dealing with the expungement of criminal convictions, became law in West Virginia.

Marijuana Helps Control His Seizures, but the Courts Won't Seal His Criminal Record  Washington City PaperThe D.C. Council is considering two bills to tax and regulate weed.

More Delawareans can now skip the pardon on the road to expungement  Technical.ly BrooklynPeople's pasts can be their biggest barrier to getting out of poverty or moving into more stable careers. This new law could help. More Delawareans can now ...

Iowa Legal Aid, Linn County to host clinic for expungement and employment barriers  The GazetteCEDAR RAPIDS — A clinic aimed at helping Linn County residents who have been in the criminal justice system overcome barriers they may face is planned for ...

THE WEEK IN REVIEW | Local News  The Harvell gazetteMayor recognizes standout residents. Mayor James Fiorentini recognized three Haverhill residents for their volunteerism and commitment to the city at this year's ...

Expunging and Sealing: Who Sees What?  LexologyCriminal backgrounds create a difficult barrier for people trying to find employment. Expunging and sealing criminal records lifts this barrier and…

Spotlight: Cory Booker's New Sentencing Reform Bill Is About Redemption  The AppealEditor's Note: The Daily Appeal is occasionally examining the 2020 presidential contenders' records, platforms, and rhetoric on issues relating to criminal justice.

T.J. Donovan: Legislative wins for justice, jobs, and Vermont communities  Brattleboro ReformerOne of my top priorities as attorney general has been to build a criminal justice system that keeps communities safe and reflects Vermont's values. I believe that ...

Plan For Automatic Expungement of Cannabis Records Proposed in Michigan  High TimesSenator Jeff Irwin introduced legislation that would take a step in the right direction when it comes to marijuana justice.

N.J. black and Latino leaders renew push for marijuana decriminalization  wbgo.orgBlack and Latino leaders in New Jersey say Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders are not doing enough to advance the cause of social justice in the.

Expungement and Employment Barriers Resource Clinic to be offered in Linn County  KCRGCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) Officials in Linn County are teaming up with the nonprofit group Iowa Legal Aid to help clear people's criminal records.

Your Illinois News Radar » How the expungement/pardon process will work  The Capitol Fax BlogHe emphasized that the law provides for automatic expungement of arrests for marijuana possession under 30 grams, and that he will pardon those with ...

Free clinic aims to help Fresno residents clear their records of cannabis-related crimes  KMPH Fox 26A free expungment clinic being held on Saturday is helping Fresno residents clear their records of crimes related to cannabis. The Fresno County Public ...

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

Attorneys to offer free legal advice at expungement clinic in York City  York DispatchYork County residents who have a criminal record and would like to explore their legal options are invited to register for a free expungement clinic and job fair ...

Woman says process to expunge record complicated after SQ 780 became retroactive  KOCO Oklahoma CityLacy Mize said taking drugs almost ruined her life. "I had kids, got married, the white picket fence life," Mize said. "I decided that, at the age of 31, I would do ...

Illinois Is Expunging Marijuana Convictions, But That Will Only Do So Much  HuffPost“Expungement, for the most part, is not done with just a snap of the fingers and all the records go away,” says a criminal justice reform advocate. By Alexis Arnold.

Marijuana Businesses Tell Congress That Legal Pot Needs More Diversity | Westword  WestwordA group of over 100 legal marijuana businesses and organizations sent a letter to Congressional leaders calling for federal legalization of the plant, but the ...

Record-sealing clinic slated for July 2 in New Lex  Zanesville Times RecorderExpungement means a person no longer has to disclose their past crimes, nor will their record appear on a background check in most cases.

How low-level marijuana expungements will work  WKBW-TVThe state passed legislation that decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana possession, and expunges past low-level offenses. We're looking into how the latter ...

New legislation will make expungement even more accessible to Kentuckians  WHAS11.comLOUISVILLE, Ky. — A new bill taking effect Thursday will allow more than 125,000 Kentuckians the opportunity to clear their criminal records, paving the way for ...

WyCo DA helps provide second chance through expungement  KSHBWyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree is offering people convicted of a felony in Wyandotte County a second chance by wiping their criminal history ...

RE-ENTRY: Goal of Knox Area Urban League Job Fair  tntribune.comBy Vivian Shipe. KNOXVILLE, TN — It is hard to return to normal life after any set back. Imagine the struggle to return to society after you have served time in ...

Pa. to automatically seal 30 million criminal records as part of Clean Slate law  KYW Newsradio 1060PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Roughly 30 million criminal records will now be automatically sealed over the next year in Pennsylvania — an effort that ...

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 ...

Baltimore state’s attorney: Marijuana legalization must include marijuana justice  Baltimore SunLawmakers must ensure that any legislative proposal to legalize marijuana nationally repairs the damage done by its prohibition and creates opportunities for ...

Changes to felony expungement regulations allow for more Kentuckians to apply for expungement  The Sentinel-EchoAmong the new laws that took effect last week is one addressing the expungement of felony offenses.

Lawyers volunteer to help people with criminal records land jobs in model Montgomery County program  Allentown Morning CallThe Montgomery County Bar Association launched a program to help people with criminal records find jobs and reenter society. It's something the Lehigh Valley ...

Legal marijuana laws creating discussions about removing non-violent drug records  FOX13 MemphisWhile state marijuana laws continue to change across the country, a federal congressman from the Mid-South wants to help remove marijuana charges from ...

Sununu signs bill to annul marijuana charges  Concord MonitorNew Hampshire residents will be able to expunge any low-level marijuana possession convictions next year, thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu on ...

Criminal justice bills moving through as session winds down  CapeGazette.comHeading into the last week of the 2019 legislative session, a package of criminal justice bills announced in April is poised for action. In announcing the bills, ...

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.

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.

Criminal Injustice: How the System Traps the Poor  Memphis FlyerDeAndre Brown says he was a career criminal. He started selling drugs on the streets of North Memphis at age 19, and by 28, he'd...

October criminal record expungement event set in Springfield  KTVI Fox 2 St. LouisSPRINGFIELD, Ill. - About 20 attorneys plan to volunteer this fall to help people expunge or seal their criminal records. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register ...

Appeal Expunged: State Lacks Statutory Right To Appellate Review Of Expungement Order  JD SupraDoes the statutory right to appellate review of a superior court's final judgment under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7A-27(b)(1) apply to a criminal appeal by the State?

New law seeks to provide relief for offenders - The Stanly News & Press  Stanly News & PressLate last month, Pennsylvania passed a law allowing for more than 40 million criminal charges to be eligible for automatic sealing. Under the statute, dubbed the ...

Hege bill passes House committee  Lexington DispatchA state House Bill that would ban convicted felons with expunged records, such as former Davidson County Sheriff Gerald Hege, from being able to run for the ...

Kentucky should become a leader on criminal justice and re-entry after incarceration  Lexington Herald LeaderSuccessful reintegration for people returning home after incarceration often depends on their community extending them a second chance. President Donald ...

Bill to expand criminal record expungement introduced | Local News  The Star BeaconCOLUMBUS — Two state senators introduced a bi-partisan bill this week that would offer the eventual expungement of criminal records for certain felony ...

Some Western New Yorkers being left out of pot expungement  WKBW-TVNot everyone in the area will be able to have their records expunged.

Two Pa. lawmakers want to automatically expunge some criminal records  WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.Two Pennsylvania lawmakers want to help people remove prior criminal convictions or arrests from their record if they have been pardoned or found not guilty.

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

Hawaii Decriminalizes Cannabis  ForbesHonolulu, Hawaii-- The state of Hawaii decriminalized cannabis yesterday. Bill HB1383, decriminalizes possession of a personal amount of cannabis and ...

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 ...

‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration  The New York TimesHe now plays down his role overhauling crime laws with segregationist senators in the '80s and '90s. That portrayal today is at odds with his actions and rhetoric ...

Conservatives urge Kemp to revive criminal justice council  Atlanta Journal ConstitutionGov. Brian Kemp is under pressure from a coalition of conservatives led by the FreedomWorks advocacy group to revive a criminal justice council his ...

DA reducing low-level marijuana charges ahead of governor's signature  WBFOErie County District Attorney John Flynn says his office will no longer pursue misdemeanor charges for low-level possession of marijuana, following the.

Missouri lawmakers approve expansion to expungement law  KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.comMISSOURI — The Missouri General Assembly passes a criminal justice bill involving which offenses can and can't be expunged. Senate Bill One expands the ...

A Fresh Start: Expunging Criminal Convictions  Crime ReportAt least 36 states permit adults with criminal convictions to have their records sealed or expunged, but does “wiping the slate clean” actually produce better ...

Here's how destructive marijuana arrests are economically in the US  INSIDERMarijuana is on the brink of being accepted legally nationwide, but arrests related to the drug still result in massive costs and consequences. Ten states and ...

Assembly panel to take input on criminal record expungement (UPDATE)  Wisconsin Law JournalA legislative committee is scheduled to take public comments on a bill that would allow more convicts to have their records erased.

New expungement law expands list of offenses that can be scrubbed  vtdigger.orgWindsor County State's Attorney David Cahill, right, helps a White River Junction resident fill out paperwork last year to have a misdemeanor marijuana ...

If Democratic Lawmakers Get Their Way, 1 Million Convictions in California Could Be Expunged  The RootAfter being released from prison, those who were once incarcerated often experience tremendous difficulty getting re-acclimated to society, but if Democratic ...

Illinois poised to legalize marijuana sales, expunge criminal records for pot crimes  USA TODAYIllinois cannabis legalization would expunge criminal records and help minorities get business licenses to sell marijuana starting next year.

Fulton County Fathers Offered Criminal Record Expungement  Sandy Springs, GA PatchFulton County Fathers Criminal Record Expungement - Sandy Springs, GA - Just in time for Father's Day, the Fulton County Solicitor is offering a free, virtual ...

SB Legal Aid Offers Free Expungement – Precinct Reporter Group News  Precinct Reporter GroupBy Dianne Anderson. It should come as no surprise that the last place most formerly incarcerated want to be is at another courthouse standing before another ...

Filing fee eliminated to seal records  El Dorado News-TimesUnion County State District Judge Jack W. Barker is reminding the public that the Arkansas Legislature recently passed Act 680 of 2019, which will go into effect ...