Record clearance—removing criminal history information from easy public access—may provide people with an opportunity to put their pasts behind them. The Clean Slate Clearinghouse provides people with criminal records, legal service providers, and state policymakers with information on juvenile and adult criminal record clearance policies in all U.S. states and territories. Read More »
Dina Sarver was 21 years old when she began nursing school in Florida, where she lived with her young son. She’d gotten into some trouble with the law as a teenager, but she was ready to put her past—and her juvenile criminal record—behind her and start a career.
In 2017, states around the country saw changes to their juvenile record clearance laws. This webinar will explore the various state reforms that took place during the year. Attendees will hear directly from state advocates who will discuss what it took for their state to expand its juvenile record clearance laws.
As the 2017 legislative session ended, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a law that significantly increases opportunities to seal criminal records. Assembly Bill 327, which took effect on October 1, puts Nevada at the forefront of states changing record clearance laws to help people with criminal convictions move beyond their record.
This report from the Collateral Consequences Resource Center documents changes in state restoration laws in 2017, many of which are quite significant. It is based on research from the Restoration of Rights Project (RRP), an online resource maintained by the CCRC that catalogs and analyzes the restoration laws of all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the federal system. Following an overview of 2017 reforms, specific changes to the law in each state are briefly described along with relevant citations.
CSG Justice Center staff spoke with Advisory Committee member Beth Johnson—Director of Legal Programs at Cabrini Green Legal Aid in Chicago—about her thoughts on record clearance and her experience growing a small legal help desk into one of the leading record clearance programs in Illinois.