For the Record: Candid Conversations about Criminal Record Clearance—Episode 3, Bettie Kirkland
Bettie Kirkland, the executive director of Project Return in Nashville, joins For the Record to discuss her organization’s work connecting hundreds of people who have criminal records to employment each year. (Kirkland pictured center, on-site at Project Return)
State Highlight - New Jersey Expands Juvenile, Adult Record Clearance Opportunities
Two new laws take effect in New Jersey this year that expand the scope of juvenile and adult record clearance and reduce the time people must wait to request it. The laws were passed by the New Jersey Legislature in late 2017.
Webinar: Empowering People with Criminal Records to Change Policy: A Legal Advocate’s Guide to Storytelling
This webinar features presenters who discuss the best ways to empower people who have criminal records to tell their stories and how to use these stories to advocate for policy change.
For the Record: Candid Conversations about Criminal Record Clearance—Episode 2, Esta Bigler
Esta Bigler, the director of the Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations School’s Labor and Employment Law program, joins For the Record to discuss her work regarding record clearance as a lawyer, which has ranged from creating educational programming to working on a groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court case.
Get to Know the Expert: Margaret (Peggy) Stevenson
The CSG Justice Center staff spoke with Peggy Stevenson, the director of the San Jose State University Record Clearance Project in San Jose, California. Since 2008, RCP has trained undergraduate students to assist people with criminal records throughout the expungement process. (Peggy Stevenson: second row, far right)
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.
Get to Know the Expert: Beth Johnson
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.
Get to Know the Expert: Michael Pinard
The CSG Justice Center staff spoke with board member Michael Pinard—the Francis and Harriet Iglehart Professor of Law and co-director of the Clinical Law Program at the University of Maryland (UM) Francis King Carey School of Law—about his thoughts on record clearance, drawing on his experiences as a public defender, professor, and co-founder of UM’s Reentry Clinic.
In the Media
New SC Expungement Law Set to Give Offenders a Better Chance to Enter Workforce
A new law aims to make job searching easier for those who committed "low level" crimes. The law is an expansion of the former South Carolina expungement law, with the goal of bolstering the workforce in South Carolina.
Registration Underway for Oct. 6 Summit on Expunging, Sealing Records
Registration is now open for the third annual expungement and record-sealing summit in Champaign County. The Oct. 6 summit at Stone Creek Church in Urbana gives people a chance to clear their criminal record, with volunteer lawyers on hand and fees waived.
Criminal Convictions Behind Them, Few Have Had Their Records Sealed
Under the law, which went into effect in October, a person with a conviction that is at least 10 years old can apply to have their record sealed. An applicant cannot have more than two misdemeanor convictions or one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction. People with certain convictions, such as violent felonies and sex offenses, are not eligible.
Expungement Day: ‘I’m Not Going to Be Looked at as a Criminal’
Joseph Day walked into a building on the campus of Vermont Law School on Saturday morning as a convicted drug offender and left about an hour later well on his way to losing that label, and the consequences that come with it.
Vermonters To Expunge Old, Minor Marijuana Offenses From Records
At "Expungement Day" for misdemeanor marijuana offenses from Windsor and Chittenden County, Vermonters can have past convictions removed from their record— June 9 at Vermont Law School and June 12 at Costello Courthouse in Burlington Vermont
Stadelman Announces Chance to Expunge or Seal Criminal Records
Rockford - Senator Steve Stadelman along with Prairie State Legal Services and United Way of Rock River Valley want to help those who have past transgressions to make a stride in employment and helping them support themselves and their families.
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.