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 ...

Cory Booker Scolds Kamala Harris for Joking About Pot Use  The InterceptSen. Cory Booker criticized the lighthearted way that two of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination joked about their past use of marijuana.

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.

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.

False convictions, ruined lives  WORLD News GroupFalse rape accusations may be statistically 'rare,' but they happen every day in the United States. by Lynn Vincent in Coronado, Calif. Post Date: March 14, 2019 ...

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.”

How far should South Carolina go in making it easier to hide criminal records from public?  Greenville NewsThe state should allow former convicts who are granted pardons to have those offenses removed from their public records for good, advocates say.

Dozens turn out seeking to expunge old convictions  vtdigger.orgWindsor County State's Attorney David Cahill, right, helps Joseph Day of White River Junction fill out paperwork at an expungement clinic in June so Day can ...

TV Station Ordered to Expunge Archived Story About Teacher's Dismissed Domestic Violence Charges  ReasonUntil a week ago, Houston's ABC-13 TV station, KTRK, had the following story on its web site (I quote the July 13, 2017 version, which had been updated from its ...

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.

Here's a look at some of Pennsylvania's 250 new laws  Allentown Morning CallPennsylvania's two-year legislative session is over, leaving behind new laws on topics such as sealing criminal records, state pensions, hazing and casino ...

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 ...

Those With A Criminal Record In DC May Soon Find It Easier To Bounce Back  WAMU 88.5Two different proposals floating around the Wilson Building could make it easier for tens of thousands of residents who have been arrested or convicted of a ...

In Iowa, Beto O’Rourke is embarrassed yet electric, shamed but still upbeat  Houston Chronicle WATERLOO, IOWA — Beto O'Rourke was shrewd and strategic at times in his first few days as a presidential candidate, but at other moments his remarks were ...

Former Merced County area mayor, ex-school board member pleads guilty in bribery case  Merced Sun-StarTommy Jones, a former Los Banos Unified School District board member and mayor in Merced County, California, pleaded guilty in Merced Superior Court in ...

Rockland DA Race: Democrat Tom Walsh takes Republican line, riling Democrat leadership  The Journal News | LoHud.comDemocratic party executive director thinks Thomas Walsh's move to the Republican line for District Attorney will not sit well with Democratic voters.

Illinois lawmakers pass record sealing expansion  Illinois PolicyBoth chambers of the Illinois General Assembly have now passed a measure to enable more ex-offenders to petition a court to seal their criminal records.

Thomas Walsh resigns as state Supreme Court judge, eyes Rockland district attorney run  The Journal News | LoHud.comVeteran judge Thomas Walsh resigns as a state Supreme Court judge to run for Rockland district attorney, joining three other Democrats seeking the job.

Q&A with Lincoln mayoral candidates | Local Government  Lincoln Journal StarFor the first time in 12 years, voters will pick a new mayor this spring. In the November election, Lincolnites approved limiting the mayor to three terms, effectively ...

Suit Claims NYPD Illegally Using Sealed Records for Investigations  The Wall Street JournalThe New York Police Department uses information collected from sealed arrest records, in violation of state law, for investigations and shares those records with ...

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 ...

‘Angry, betrayed, disappointed’: Jussie Smollett’s alleged lies inflame already tense Chicago  The Washington PostWeeks of outrage and speculation about an alleged homophobic and racist attack reached a tipping point Thursday when police in Chicago arrested actor ...

House panel approves bill allowing more criminal records to be expunged in RI  The Providence JournalThe bill would allow a judge to wipe clean the records of people with as many as five misdemeanor convictions. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A piece of legislation ...

Rep. Blunt Rochester introduces bill to make it easier to seal some criminal records  Delaware First MediaCongresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Delaware) has legislation making it easier for people to get their records sealed.

The Financial Benefits of Wiping the Slate Clean  Bankrate.comUse Bankrate.com's free tools, expert analysis, and award-winning *content* to make smarter financial decisions. Explore personal finance topics including credit ...

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 ...

Court records shed light on Trump Jr's tweet questioning if Duke alum Eugene Gu is a 'wife beater'  Duke ChronicleEx-wife was granted temporary domestic violence restraining order against Eugene Gu, records show.

Will SC expand its ‘see no evil, hear no evil’ policy? We could find out today  The StateSC Gov Henry McMaster vetoed a bill to expunge more criminal records, saying 'criminal history should not be erased.' The Legislature, urged on by the ...

Two New Nevada Record Sealing Laws Go Into Effect  Public News ServiceCARSON CITY, Nev. – An eviction or a criminal conviction can follow a person for decades, making it difficult to get housing or a job. But two new state laws that ...

In South Dakota, clearing criminal record no easy task  Sioux Falls Argus LeaderProsecutors hold too much power, some defense lawyers say.

Not guilty or charged? A criminal record can still haunt you  USA TODAYNASHVILLE -- Perhaps this is a blinding glimpse of the obvious, but when you are arrested that arrest creates a criminal record.

Six States Leading the Charge on Second-Chance Policies  Center For American ProgressBipartisan criminal justice reform efforts in Congress may be on ice for now, but red, blue, and purple states alike are moving full speed ahead with their own ...

Senate OKs Sealing More Criminal Records  Texas TribuneThe criminal records of one-time offenders who stay out of trouble would be sealed and hidden from the public under a bill that cleared the Senate Tuesday.

Diversion Programs Say They Offer a Path Away From Court, but Critics Say the Tolls Are Hefty  ProPublicaThe programs raise legal and ethical questions, including whether they create an uneven playing field for defendants and financial incentives for prosecutors to ...

Cooper signs law making it easier for some to clear criminal slates  News & ObserverGov. Roy Cooper praised the law as a bipartisan effort making it easier for some to have their criminal records expunged.

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 ...

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

A Jekyll and Hyde portrait emerges of the SEAL accused of murdering an Islamic State prisoner  NavyTimes.comGallagher, a veteran of eight overseas and combat deployments, is facing 14 criminal counts, including premeditated murder for allegedly stabbing to death an ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump calls diversity visas a ‘horror show’  Chicago Sun-TimesPresident Donald Trump is going after the “horror show” known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction. The president offered a ...

Ex-offenders could find second chance through new law  Billings GazetteLevi Peaslee has wanted to be a Navy SEAL since he heard about the program when he was 15 years old.

The US Military Is Officially Counting Domestic Violence As A Separate Crime For The First Time  Task & PurposeThe military will now count domestic violence as a separate crime in the hopes of avoiding another tragedy like the shooting last November in Sutherland ...

Expunging the criminal records of kids in care does not absolve the state's injustices against them  The Conversation AUIn the Victorian parliament last week, legislation was introduced to address a “serious historical injustice” that saw thousands of vulnerable children in state care ...

Bill would seal police reports in domestic violence cases  Boston GlobePolice reports in domestic violence cases would be off limits to the public under a little-noticed measure that appeared headed to passage in the state ...

Queens Judge to Lawmakers: 'Raise the Age' Sealing Law Needs More Work | New York Law Journal  Law.comA Queens judge issued a ruling calling on state lawmakers to consider changes to laws enacted under the “Raise the Age” legislative package that would allow ...

Charged with war crimes and stuck in the brig, a Navy SEAL vows to fight on  NavyTimes.comCharged earlier this month with multiple war crimes in connection with the 2017 stabbing death of a detainee in Iraq, Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward ...

Navy SEAL arraigned on war crime charges  NavyTimes.comU.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter urged President Donald Trump to free Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, who faces a long list of war crimes ...

Council Bluffs man fatally shot during domestic violence incident  Omaha World-HeraldA grand jury will determine whether the man who fired the shot will face any criminal charges.

The UCMJ May Get A Domestic Violence Update To Prevent The Next Texas Church Shooting  Task & PurposeAmid the ongoing national conversation around domestic violence and sexual assault, lawmakers are pushing the Department of Defense to better define ...

Prison reform legislation would expunge records  WTNH.comPrison reform advocates are asking lawmakers to pass legislation that would expunge the records of many convicts.

Second Navy SEAL charged in war crimes probe  NavyTimes.comAuthorities in California on Thursday charged a second Navy SEAL in connection with an ongoing war crimes probe tied to the alleged stabbing execution of an ...

Navy SEAL charged with war crimes to remain in the brig  NavyTimes.comA Navy judge in San Diego on Thursday denied a request by a SEAL accused of murdering a prisoner of war to leave the brig until he begins trial next month.

Hancock County Court Aug. 1 to Aug. 31  The Ellsworth AmericanThe following cases were adjudicated, reviewed or continued in Hancock County Court, according to official records: Aug. 1 to Aug. 31 Joshua B. King, 33,

DHS official jailed over domestic violence case says he handles ‘high volume’ of classified information  The Washington PostA senior career official with the Department of Homeland Security who served jail time for an alleged assault on his wife handles a “high volume” of classified ...

State speeds sealing of criminal records  The Boston GlobeUntil recently, the process of sealing records in Massachusetts took so long that candidates ran the risk of missing out on jobs.

21 Savage's Complicated, Potentially Insurmountable Immigration Case  Rolling StoneAt the beginning of 2019, 21 Savage was the most popular artist in the country: I Am > I Was, his most recent album, spent two weeks on top of the Billboard 200.

New Dallas County DA Supports Helping People Remove Criminal Records  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthNewly appointed Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson Monday endorsed a plan to help people escape from criminal histories to get jobs.

Judge asked to reconsider ruling in Valor Act case  The Boston GlobeA judge who ordered a man's domestic violence charges to be dismissed and expunged due to his military *service* was asked by the state to reconsider his ...

Expungement Day: ‘I’m not going to be looked at as a criminal’  vtdigger.orgWindsor County State's Attorney David Cahill, right, helps Joseph Day of White River Junction fill out paperwork Saturday so Day can have a past misdemeanor ...

Prosecutors Aim to Keep Watts Family Autopsy From the Public, Potential Jurors  Colorado Public RadioDistrict Attorney Michael Rourke says releasing information from the autopsies could influence witnesses and affect future jurors.

What to Know About the Man Arrested in Connection With the Mail Bombs  The CutA man was arrested in Florida in connection with the bombs sent to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, CNN and others. Here's everything we know about 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, ...

How Police and Anti-Crime Measures Reinforce Segregation  GoverningThis story is part of a series on segregation in Illinois that resulted from a six-month Governing investigation. Ron Clewer couldn't believe what he was hearing.

Felony conviction rates are up nationwide. These states are reconsidering how they classify crimes  PBS NewsHourIn recent decades, every state has seen a dramatic increase in the share of its population convicted of a felony, leaving more people facing hurdles in finding a ...

Reconciling criminal history open data and expungement  Sunlight FoundationAfter months of investigating, Sunlight has collected over 9,000 databases of publicly available criminal justice data from across America. We call it Hall of ...

Fewer former offenders getting pardoned in Georgia  Atlanta Journal ConstitutionGeorgia has been generous with the number of pardons issued when compared to other states.

Police, Court Officials Won't Identify Middletown Murder Victim, But Sources And Documents Say She's A Hartford Teacher  Hartford CourantCornel Myers, of Middletown, charged with murder in a woman's death Sept. 8 appeared in court Tuesday morning, but an arrest warrant affidavit that would ...

The Argument: Should the state expunge past marijuana convictions from people's criminal records?  The Boston GlobeYES. Valerio Romano. Scituate resident, an attorney who represents established and prospective marijuana businesses. Valerio Romano. A person's criminal ...

Opinion: He had a long record of misconduct. The force kept him on. Then he shot a black teen.  The Washington PostJosh Hastings was part of the rot of the Little Rock police. Now its institutional failures are exposed. Will anything change?

This Navy Veteran Served In Iraq And Afghanistan. Now He Faces Deportation To Mexico  Task & PurposeA U.S. Navy veteran facing possible confinement in an immigration facility or deportation due to his criminal history has asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein to intervene ...

A Growing Chorus of Big City Prosecutors Say No to Marijuana Convictions  The New York TimesMarlyn Mosby, Baltimore's top prosecutor, says she will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases and will vacate thousands of convictions. The police ...

Hancock County Court  The Ellsworth AmericanThe following cases were adjudicated, reviewed or continued in Hancock County Court, according to official records: Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 Jesse E. Sawyer, 36,

The Supreme Court Case That Could Let ‘Lesser’ Domestic Abusers Own Guns  The TraceAmerica has come a long way in treating all domestic violence seriously. To get their gun rights back, two men are making an argument which threatens that ...

Illinois House passes legislation to expand record sealing  Illinois PolicyReforms such as record sealing expansion make it likelier that ex-offenders will be able to find work – and stop cycling in and out of prison. That means they and ...

Domestic violence victim annoyed by assembly showing for film  BBC NewsShe says a film made by her attacker shown at the assembly helps "peddle the idea that victims lie".

Trump threatens to seal U.S.-Mexico border over migrant caravan. Can he do it?  USA TODAYIn protesting a caravan of migrants, President Trump threatened to deploy active-military to seal the southern border. It's unclear he can do so.

Ex-fiancé of slain Navy chief petty officer jailed in Florida on murder charge  NavyTimes.comDanny Ray Beard, 36, was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and booked into the Duval County Jail on Friday evening, according to his incarceration ...

A Backgrounder On Background Checks  NPRThe shooting in South Florida has ignited the national debate about how to fix, and whether to expand, the gun sales background check system. But what are ...

Lawmakers reconsider records-expungement bill | Local News  Santa Fe New Mexican.comCaught with a 16-ounce can of Bud Light beer as a college student, at the age of 20, T.J. was criminally charged with being a minor in possession and ...

Inside the Push to Give Ex-Offenders in Pennsylvania a Second Chance  Pacific StandardMen and women wait by the dozen on this Saturday morning in late November. Some stare into their cell phones in a small waiting room, others lean against.

Built with rehabilitation in mind, Texas state jails are now viewed by lawmakers as a "complete failure"  The Texas TribuneState jails were created to help low-level drug offenders get treatment. But they offer few rehabilitative services, and their inmates are more likely to reoffend.

Toronto Shooting Shakes City Amid a Rash of Violence  The New York TimesTwo people were killed and 13 injured when a gunman opened fire in a crowded neighborhood. Some residents fear another “Summer of the Gun.”

Voter Guide: Hennepin County Attorney  Southwest JournalThe race for Hennepin County Attorney offers a challenger focused on second chances and an incumbent focused on deep experience. The DFL-endorsed ...

How safe is South Dakota? Violent crime outpaces population growth  Sioux Falls Argus LeaderViolent crime in South Dakota outpaced population growth over the last decade, but recent numbers show it's on the decline.

Why Has Los Angeles' DA Been Slow to Expunge Old Pot Convictions?  Capital and MainAs San Francisco and San Diego counties moved forward with automatic resentencing for old cannabis-related crimes, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office ...

News You Can Use: Research Roundup for Re-Entry Advocates  Center For American ProgressBetween 70 million and 100 million Americans—1 in 3—now have some type of criminal record. Having even a minor record—including an arrest that never led ...

Republic, other news outlets ask court to unseal document in Fountain Hills terrorism case  AZCentralThe Arizona Republic and several other news organizations are asking a judge to publicly release a document that provides details on why prosecutors have ...

Gov. Charlie Baker signs landmark Massachusetts criminal justice overhaul, despite concerns  MassLive.comBOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed a major overhaul of Massachusetts' criminal justice system, calling it a bill that "takes our criminal justice system ...

Survivors of Domestic Violence Deserve Clemency, Not Prison Cells  The Nation.Governor Andrew Cuomo just made an historic pledge to grant clemency to thousands of former nonviolent youthful offenders—what about women who ...

Local News  WGIL Radio NewsIt's official, the Knoxville Blue Bullets will be competing in the Lincoln Trail Conference. Read More · Alleged bank robbery accomplice denied bond reduction.

Gov. Jerry Brown signs new laws overhauling state's criminal justice system  The Santa Rosa Press DemocratOver the past five weeks, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a slate of new laws overhauling California's criminal justice system, pushing the state away from punitive ...

Mets Pitcher Jeurys Familia Has Domestic Violence Case Dismissed  The New York TimesFORT LEE, N.J. — A domestic violence charge against Mets reliever Jeurys Familia was dismissed on Thursday by a municipal court judge in Fort Lee, N.J., ...

Anti-Muslim Bigots Are Weaponizing Abuse Allegations Against Keith Ellison  The InterceptThis week, over the vehement objections of Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and his ex-wife Kim Ellison, a Minnesota family court official unsealed the divorce files ...

Ex-Offenders\' Biggest Barriers and How States Are Erasing Them  GoverningTo ease prison crowding and rein in corrections spending, state legislatures are trying to help ex-offenders re-enter society with the goal of ensuring they don't ...

O’Rourke: Texas should lead the way on true criminal justice reform [Opinion]  Houston Chronicle Twenty-three years ago I was arrested for attempted forcible entry after jumping a fence at the University of Texas at El Paso. I spent a night in the El Paso ...

Exclusive: We know details of 911 calls from Charlie Tan's home. They aren't what you think  Rochester Democrat and ChronicleNewly released information in the 911 calls in the years leading up to Jim Tan's homicide is released. Tina MacIntyre-Yee and Gary Craig, Rochester Democrat ...

Former Green Beret sentenced to 10 years in domestic abuse court-martial  ArmyTimes.comA 7th Special Forces Group officer was sentenced to 10 years confinement and dismissal from the Army following a conviction on five counts of assault and two ...

Florida man, Cesar Sayoc Jr., arrested in probe of mail bombs targeting Obama, Clinton and other Trump critics  CNBCA 56-year-old man, Cesar Sayoc Jr., was arrested Friday morning in Florida in the investigation of 12 suspected mail bombs sent to former President Barack ...

Cuomo's “Carceral Humanism”  Jacobin magazineAndrew Cuomo is being touted as a 2020 presidential contender. But his juvenile justice reform law does more to shore up the carceral state than attack it.

Forgiving vs. Forgetting  The Marshall ProjectIn February of 2003, a much younger Barack Obama rose before the Illinois State Senate to introduce a new piece of legislation that, he said, contained a ...

Ban the Box and Beyond  Center For American ProgressEach year, more than 600,000 people are released from federal and state prisons in need of jobs that provide economic security. Research shows that having a ...