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 ...

A Second Chance for Trafficking Survivors: Advocates Work to Clear Their Records  CBN NewsTrafficking advocates say one of the best ways to give victims a true second chance is through a legal tool known as vacatur--which completely erases any ...

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

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, ...

English Guineas, Japanese 3-year-olds featured in weekend international racing  UPI NewsWhile American fans focus on Churchill Downs, other 3-year-olds star in the English Guineas at Newmarket and the NHK Mile in Tokyo.

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.

A new standard: Legislation is raising New York's age of culpability - Buffalo  Buffalo Business FirstWith the phasing in this year and next of New York state's Raise-the-Age legislation, more teens will have a shot at rehabilitation.

Few taking advantage of juvenile record law  The Salem NewsBOSTON — Manoushka Gaston escaped a troubled past to attend school to become a nursing assistant in Lawrence with dreams of landing a job at an assisted ...

From bail reform to restoring voting rights and sealing records, Colorado's criminal justice system is getting a makeover  The Colorado SunIf all the criminal justice measures are ultimately signed into law, the slate of bills would represent a significant and fast-moving overhaul of Colorado's justice ...

Few take advantage of expungement law  The Daily News of NewburyportBOSTON — Manoushka Gaston escaped a troubled past to attend school to become a nursing assistant in Lawrence with dreams of landing a job at an ...

Sunshine Week highlights transparency laws in Massachusetts  The Patriot LedgerIt's your right to know.That's the simple message of Sunshine Week, a March celebration of people's right to an open government. The rules involved, however, ...

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.

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 ...

Delaware made it too hard to expunge juvenile records. We're fixing that.  The News JournalYouth deserve to be held accountable for mistakes, but the punishment shouldn't haunt them through adulthood, two criminal justice experts argue.

Expungement process in North Dakota's Measure 3 criticized as 'remarkably horrible'  Grand Forks HeraldBISMARCK — If North Dakota voters pass Measure 3 to legalize recreational marijuana, its passage would call for expungement of marijuana-related ...

Laws & Order: Legislators In Washington Region To Debate Overhaul Of Criminal Justice Laws  WAMU 88.5While bipartisanship is rare in government these days, criminal justice has become an issue where many Democrats and Republicans can agree that changes ...

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.

Burgum signs DUI record-sealing bill  Grand Forks HeraldBISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill sealing drunk driving records for offenders who stay out of trouble. On Wednesday, April 10, ...

Opinion | Sealing Juvenile Records  New York TimesMarcy Mistrett of the Campaign for Youth Justice writes that “the juvenile court must follow its original mandate and allow all young people to have a second ...

California Governor Brown Signs SB 312 Authorizing Courts to Seal Juvenile Records for Certain Offenses  ESR NEWSCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) which authorizes courts to seal juvenile records for certain offenses.

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.

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 ...

State ruling affirms easier sealing of juvenile-court records  The Seattle TimesThe state Supreme Court finds that access to juvenile-court records is not guaranteed by the law and some files can be sealed so mistakes don't follow a young ...

Lawmakers agree to expungement of juvenile records  The Daily News of NewburyportBOSTON — Juvenile criminal records can haunt people long past their punishments, preventing them from getting a job, housing or going to college.

USM report busts myth that juvenile criminal records are sealed at 18  Press HeraldThe widespread misconception means records that people think are blocked from view can come back to haunt them later in life. By Matt ByrneStaff Writer.

Country House Named Historic Kentucky Derby Winner  Thoroughbred Racing DudesLOUISVILLE, KY - America's most storied sporting event rewrote its own history on Saturday when the 65/1 longshot Country House was named the first-ever ...

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 ...

New law will erase some juvenile records in Colorado  KKTV 11 NewsIt is now easier for teenagers to erase their criminal records in the Centennial State.

California passes legislation permitting individuals to seal juvenile records  Daily CalifornianCalifornia passed legislation on Tuesday, allowing individuals convicted of a crime before their 17th birthday to have their criminal records sealed.

Advocates fight to erase shadow of juvenile court records  The Boston GlobeMass. is among 19 states that do not allow people to expunge their juvenile records.

Rauner signs bill removing barriers for human trafficking survivors  Illinois PolicyGov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law a measure allowing human trafficking survivors to apply to have their criminal records sealed for offences committed ...

State law that keeps juvenile records private also shields police from scrutiny, advocates say  Chicago TribuneLawmakers strengthened the Juvenile Court Act in 2015, but it's having the unintended consequence of obscuring interactions between juveniles and police.

Criminal Justice, Climate Change, and Medicare for All: A Reading List on Some of Cory Booker's Key Issues  Pacific StandardSenator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) officially entered the 2020 presidential race on Friday, February 1st, the first day of Black History Month. Booker is the ...

Court suspends juvenile record amendments  Albuquerque JournalALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Amendments to a court rule that made juvenile records inaccessible to the public are being suspended by the New Mexico Supreme ...

A First in the Nation, Pennsylvania Seals Some Criminal Records  GoverningGov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed a "clean slate" bill that seals nonviolent criminal records after a decade, a move that progressive groups touted as a first for ...

Boulder County and City of Denver to Allow Expungement of...  NORML BlogFollowing the lead of other major cities and counties in states that have legalized adult-use marijuana local officials in Colorado are taking action to undo the ...

Nevada's New Record-Sealing Law: 'One of Broadest' in US  Crime ReportNevada is the kind of place where a lot of people end up needing a second chance. It's a state where the booms and busts of the gaming industry have led many ...

Mass. Legislature Poised To Allow Expungement Of Some Juvenile Criminal Records  WBURWhen juveniles are convicted of crimes in the state of Massachusetts, their criminal records may haunt them long past their punishments, with the potential to ...

Lawsuit Challenges Police Use of Sealed Arrest Records  The New York TimesThe police in New York routinely use and share sealed arrest records of people cleared of crimes without necessary court approval, the suit charges.

Should juvenile criminal records be kept secret?  Albuquerque JournalALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Advocates weigh in on rule changes that would seal most cases – from rape to vandalism.

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

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 ...

Florida’s latest assault on transparency: sealing names of foster parents | Opinion  Miami HeraldWhen detectives asked Michael Beer's young daughter to demonstrate how Beer handled the toddler state child welfare authorities placed in his care, the girl ...

3 California Reforms Support Youth Record Sealing, Re-entry  Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeIn 2015, California came three steps closer to realizing the founding concepts of the juvenile justice system and securing successful re-entry for justice-involved ...

Youth’s case offers glimpse into juvenile justice system  Albuquerque JournalNewly unsealed records show a fight derailed 18-year-old's probation.

California Governor Signs Package of Juvenile Justice Bills  The Chronicle of Social ChangeCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown signed a slate of seven juvenile justice bills into law on Wednesday, highlighting a push for sentencing reform and greater support ...

More Second Chances for Washington Youth with New Juvenile Justice Diversion Law  The Chronicle of Social ChangeNew law aims to divert youth from the juvenile justice system and strengthen the state's network of community-based *service* providers.

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 ...

John Earnest: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know  Heavy.comJohn Earnest is a 19-year-old San Diego man who is accused of shooting four people, killing one, at Chabad of Poway synagogue in California before he was ...

For Juvenile Records, It's 'Justice by Geography'  Pacific StandardA new study finds an inconsistent patchwork of policies across states for how juvenile records are sealed and expunged.

Obama's 'Sealed' Records  FactCheck.orgQ: Are Obama's early records “sealed”? A: No. Many records that presidential candidates don't ordinarily release do remain confidential, but they are not ...

Juvenile Records Often Have Lifelong Consequences: Experts Say  Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeJuvenile records can often have serious lifelong consequences — and the remedies of expunging or sealing the records are often too costly and too complicated ...

Clean slate clinic for Perry County | News  Perry County TribuneNEW LEXINGTON — Persons interested in having their criminal record sealed have a chance to do so on Tuesday, July 2. The law recently changed reversing ...

Free Expungement Workshop Set for April 11 for Broward Residents  Hollywood GazetteHave you ever been arrested in Broward County? Do you want to know if you qualify to have your adult or juvenile record sealed or expunged? If you were ...

7 Key Provisions Of The Criminal Justice Bill  WBURCalling the legislation "complicated," Gov. Charlie Baker has not yet indicated whether he will sign the sweeping reforms into law. Here are some of the major ...

Path to getting court to seal record not always clear  Virginia Lawyers WeeklyBy Erik Baines. records_main Statutes and the common law govern the court's authority to seal (or sequester) its record. See generally Shenandoah Pub. House ...

High court rejects state's efforts to seal grand jury reviews of officer-involved deaths  Omaha World-HeraldThe Omaha World-Herald secured a victory Friday in its efforts to prevent the state from sealing the record of grand jury reviews of officer-involved deaths.

Senate criminal reform bill addresses juvenile justice, changing age of adulthood  Worcester TelegramBOSTON – Activists are applauding as a step in the right direction a package of juvenile justice provisions included in a comprehensive Massachusetts Senate ...

Sealing or expunging a Massachusetts OUI arrest  Augusta Free PressIf you have been arrested for an OUI in Massachusetts and would like to have your record sealed, or the arrest expunged from your criminal history, there are a ...

Detroit residents can get nonviolent records expunged on Saturday  Detroit Free PressDetroiters can head downtown Saturday for Project Clean Slate's fair to get their nonviolent criminal background records expunged.

America’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing Young People Like Me. Clean Slate Laws Are the Answer  TeenVogue.comIn an op-ed for "Teen Vogue," Peter Rezk shares what he's learned during his journey from selling weed in high school to studying law in college.

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 ...

Vermont AG celebrates 40 years of court diversion program  MyChamplainValley.com FOX44 & ABC22MONTPELIER - Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan held a reception Wednesday night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vermont's court diversion ...

Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell play key roles in justice reform  Courier JournalBoth Kentucky senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell will play pivotal roles in the survival of a bipartisan justice-reform bill.

Prosecutor outs effort to seal juvenile murder conviction  The Daily HeraldThe Skagit County prosecutor alerted the media that Steven Rickards was trying to have the records sealed.

EDITORIAL: What idolizing Luke Heimlich says about the OSU community  The Daily BarometerEditorials represent the opinions of the Editorial Board and are separate from reporting or letters to the editor.

California Legislature Passes Bill That Could Give Former Juvenile Offenders a Fresh Start  East Bay ExpressFrankie Guzman is a lawyer for the National Center for Youth Law who's helped make major changes to the state's criminal justice system and holds...

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

Participatory Defense Could Open Up Juvenile Court, Helping Both Accused, Society  Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeJuvenile court proceedings are closed to the public for good reason. As a matter of policy, we want to safeguard the privacy of young people charged with ...

Why Does the US Sentence Children to Life in Prison?  JSTOR DailyThe U.S. is the only country in the world that sentences people to die in prison for offenses committed while under the age of 18.

Closed access to murder case document questioned, challenged  Goshen NewsGOSHEN — Details about why Winston Corbett of Goshen was arrested as the suspect in a Goshen College professor's murder seven years ago remain secret ...

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.

‘Mobbing’ defendant’s court file sealed  Albuquerque JournalDistrict Court blocks access to juvenile criminal files, citing proposal before the state Supreme Court.

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

Eligible individuals can have minor criminal infractions expunged from record, resolve outstanding warrants and fines on "Second Chance Saturday"  RiverBender.comGRANITE CITY People with past criminal charges often have difficulty re-entering the workforce and building a better life for their families. Expunging.

This Study Found That as Immigration Increases, Violent Crime Decreases  ColorLines magazineA new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice undercuts President Donald Trump's claims that immigrants are criminals who make America ...

New Minnesota law makes it easier to expunge criminal records  Minneapolis Star TribuneIn Minnesota, employers are allowed to make blanket prohibitions on hiring people with criminal records. Now, some ex-offenders have the option of a second ...

Landmark Criminal Justice Reform Law Announced  Charlestown Patriot BridgeSen. Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) and Representative Daniel Ryan (D-Charlestown) recently announced that the landmark criminal justice reform package ...

Schneider: Improving foster care should include juvenile justice reforms  Houston ChronicleSome of these children come to my court by way of Child Protective Services (CPS) and the foster-care system that state lawmakers and Gov. Greg Abbott vowed ...

Juvenile Records Too Often Barriers to Education, Employment  Juvenile Justice Information ExchangeStates should do more to protect the confidentiality of juvenile records to ensure young adults are able to access education and employment, a new report says.

Clearing a criminal record for a juvenile comes at a cost  KALWIt was a little past seven o'clock on a late summer morning in Fremont, California, and 18-year-old D was already running late. At six-foot-one, with black.

Convicted killer wants record sealed, prosecutor pushes back  KING5.comA convicted killer wants his court records sealed so he can get on with his life, but a county prosecutor says "no way."

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.

Open-records advocates say bill to seal minors’ autopsy reports could obscure failings in child-protection system  The Denver PostProposed legislation that would bar the public in Colorado from viewing autopsy reports on the deaths of minors, on privacy grounds, is prompting resistance ...

Teen accused in crime spree faces second competency review  Deseret NewsA judge has ordered another competency evaluation for one of two teen boys charged in a violent May crime spree.

Paying to Get Locked Up: The High Fees of Juvenile Detention  ColorLines magazineParents are charged $25 a day every day that their child is locked up, and that's just one of many fees assessed for kids in the juvenile justice system.

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 ...

Teens removed from Rikers as Raise the Age goes into effect  Metro USAs part of last year's statewide “Raise the Age” legislation in which juveniles under 18 will no longer be prosecuted as adults, dozens of incarcerated teens have ...

Second Chances: Why Massachusetts Needs to Clear Kids’ Records  Boston magazine's Boston DailyTeens Leading the Way has joined forces with advocacy groups and lawmakers to fight to expunge the records of young people who need a clean slate.

New Minnesota law on access to juvenile court records stirs debate  Minneapolis Star TribuneA recommendation that courts not implement a new measure limiting access to some records has led to a hearing next month.

Taking sides on timing of sealing criminal records  Worcester TelegramBOSTON – When Fitchburg resident David Gonzalez left the prison system in 2000, he felt fortunate to find a job. He initially worked at a factory, transferring a ...

Trying Juveniles  New York TimesChina has made significant strides in the handling of juvenile delinquents.

Shrouded justice: Thousands of Colorado court cases hidden from public view on judges’ orders  The Denver PostThousands of court cases across Colorado -- hundreds of them involving violent felonies -- are hidden from public view, concealed behind judges' orders that ...

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 ...

The Day the Dinosaurs Died  The New YorkerDouglas Preston on the young paleontologist who may have discovered a record of the most significant event in the history of life on Earth.

The ACLU and The Leadership Conference Urge Members of Congress to Support S.756, the FIRST STEP Act  Civilrights.orgView a PDF of this letter here. Re: THE ACLU AND THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE URGE YOU TO SUPPORT S.756, THE FIRST STEP Act. Dear Speaker ...

Sealing Criminal Records for the Possibility of Redemption  Pacific StandardSenators Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)—two men who have opposing politics on paper but very similar reputations for their ...

How Do You Clear a Pot Conviction From Your Record?  The Marshall ProjectEddy, a burly 65-year-old professional musician, walked into a free legal clinic in Los Angeles County one July morning hoping to clear his record. More than ...

How Decatur schools, police monitor social media to keep kids safe  Herald & ReviewDECATUR — It's a new front line in making sure kids are safe in the classroom. Police and Decatur School District officials are monitoring social media, in all its ...

CommonWealth Magazine  CommonWealth magazine“DO YOU BELIEVE in second chances?” That is the most commonly asked question I receive when I speak to students as part of judicial-school outreach.