Judge Kevin Burke Takes on Record Clearance from Behind the Bench
In Minnesota District Court Judge Kevin Burke’s mind, “a society that wants to grow needs to realize that people will make mistakes, and that many of those people deserve a second chance.” (Photo courtesy of Judge Kevin Burke.)
Seeking New Perspective, Interview Series Gives Firsthand Look at Criminal Record Clearance Experiences
Khalil Cumberbatch, an associate vice president at the Fortune Society, joins the podcast to discuss his experiences living with a criminal record and receiving a gubernatorial pardon as well as his current efforts as a criminal justice reform advocate and his vision for the future of criminal record clearance.
Dina Sarver Charts a Course from Juvenile Record to JD
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 the Media
Counties Offer Clean Slates for Second Chances
The Hamilton County Fresh Start Expungement Clinic (Fresh Start) operates out of the county’s Public Defender Office. Fresh Start began in October 2013 to provide county residents with assistance in sealing or expunging their criminal or juvenile records.
Hundreds of Louisvillians stand outside Roosevelt Perry Elementary School on West Broadway, the line wrapping around the building and snaking into the parking lot. They’re all here for the pilot clinic of the Reily Reentry Project, a program through the Louisville Urban League designed to help people expunge their criminal records.
California Could Make It Easier to Erase Your Old Marijuana Convictions
When California voters legalized recreational weed in 2016, they made the law retroactive, allowing residents to petition to overturn or reduce old convictions for possession, cultivation and distribution of marijuana.
Michigan Set-Asides Found to Increase Wages and Reduce Recidivism
Preliminary results of an empirical study by two University of Michigan law professors show that setting aside an individual’s record of conviction is associated with “a significant increase in employment and average wages,” and with a low recidivism rate.
New Rio Grande Outreach Aims to Help People Clear Their Criminal Records
Salt Lake County is teaming with the state Departments of Workforce Services and Public Safety, Catholic Community Services of Utah, and a group of volunteer lawyers to help eligible candidates clean up, or expunge, their criminal records.
Nebraska Human Trafficking Bill Seeks to Help Survivors
Sex trafficking victims with a prostitution conviction could clear their criminal record under a bill Nebraska lawmakers will consider this year, the latest step in a larger effort to protect people who were coerced into prostitution.
Senate Criminal Reform Bill Addresses Juvenile Justice, Changing Age of Adulthood
Activists are applauding as a step in the right direction a package of juvenile justice provisions included in a comprehensive Massachusetts Senate proposal to reform the state’s criminal justice system, a sentiment not shared by a majority of the state’s district attorneys.