Get to Know the Expert: Margaret (Peggy) Stevenson
The Council of State Governments 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)
Register for Webinar: Empowering People with Criminal Records to Change Policy: A Legal Advocate’s Guide to Storytelling
Storytelling is a vitally important way of delivering information and achieving results. This webinar features presenters who will 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. The presentation will also offer important considerations that help protect the storyteller from harm as well as the chance to hear directly from a storyteller about the benefits of sharing stories. The target audience for this webinar is advocates and lawyers interested in using storytelling to expose an injustice, achieve an advocacy goal, or bring attention to an important cause.
Considerations for Journalists Writing about People Who Have Criminal Histories
This webinar discusses how reporters can utilize the Clean Slate Clearinghouse to understand the criminal record clearance process in states across the country. The presenters explain how the Clean Slate Clearinghouse works and offer tips to journalists on how to use the site’s searchable database of state criminal record clearance policies to inform their reporting; they also discuss how to effectively report on people who have criminal records and the policies that deal with clearance.
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.
Webinar: Juvenile Defenders and Civil Legal Aid Attorneys Collaborating for Record Clearance
This webinar explores ways that juvenile defenders and civil legal aid attorneys can partner to share expertise and provide essential legal representation for youth facing the collateral consequences of having criminal records. The webinar introduces participants to the Clean Slate Clearinghouse, a valuable tool for those interested in getting involved with record clearance or expanding their current practice to include juvenile record clearance. The target audience for this webinar includes:
In the Media
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.