On June 13, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued the findings and recommendations from its multi-year inquiry into the scope and impact of collateral consequences across the country.
With a background in computer science, Damon Parrish was much more interested in intellectual property—that is, until he interned with the Harris County (TX) District Attorney’s Office.
This webinar separates the myths from the facts about the legal barriers to health care employment for people with criminal records.
While every state allows for some criminal and juvenile delinquency records to be cleared, the process varies depending on the state, the charges, and the type of information involved.
The Center for American Progress, along with 31 partner organizations, launched the Clean Slate Campaign in November 2018.
2018 was a busy year for fair chance hiring and criminal record clearance legislation, according to the Collateral Consequences Resource Center (CCRC).
After lobbying by a diverse group that included record clearance advocates, business leaders, and Philadelphia Eagles players, Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Act is set to take full effect on June 28, 2019.
The webinar features a conversation with a reporter on effective practices that reporters can use when writing stories about people who have criminal records.
After hearing how criminal records could adversely affect people trying to find employment, former warden Art Beeler turned to education to make a difference.
Naomi Maisel (pictured center) has helped grow First Step’s outreach and specialized the agency’s service partnerships based on the data and information collected about the needs of clients through analysis and community outreach.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center staff spoke with advisory committee member Roberta Meyers, director of the Legal Action Center’s National H.I.R.E. Network project, about her work regarding record clearance.
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 and reflects on what it means to ensure they have a chance at success.
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.
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.
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)
Khalil Cumberbatch, an associate vice president at the Fortune Society, joins the podcast to discuss his experiences living with a criminal record
North Carolina’s General Assembly moved to significantly reduce waiting periods and expand the number of records eligible for clearance with Session Law 2017-195, which went into effect December 1, 2017.
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.)
The series features conversations between Rashawn Davis—a policy analyst at The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center—and people who are involved in the criminal record clearance field, including elected officials, lawyers, social workers, and people who have or have had a juvenile or criminal record (or individuals who are all four, or more).
A record clearance law enacted in August 2017 put Illinois at the forefront of states expanding access to criminal record clearance.
As the 2017 legislative session ended, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a law that significantly increases opportunities to seal criminal records.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center staff spoke with advisory committee member Michelle Natividad Rodriguez, the Deputy Program Director at the National Employment Law Project (NELP).
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.
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.
Union County State District Judge Jack W. Barker is reminding the public that the Arkansas Legislature recently passed Act 680 of 2019, which will go into effect on July 24. It abolishes the $50 per charge filing fee for obtaining an order of seal (expungement) for felony or misdemeanor criminal or traffic court arrests or convictions in circuit and district courts. This act amends the Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013.
Over the last seven years, Ohio’s been slowly changing a set of laws that many believe keeps people from getting jobs, paying child support, even volunteering in their community. In the first of two stories on Ohio’s official second chances, we examine how some of these changes are playing out.
There are likely hundreds, if not thousands, of residents in King County who feel their lives are defined by their criminal pasts, but a new unit at the Office of Public Defense wants to change that by helping some of them vacate their old convictions and reclaim their lives.
After spending more than seven years in prison for robbery and auto theft, Jay Jordan tried to get work selling insurance, real estate and used cars, but was repeatedly turned away, he said. People with a felony record are often barred from obtaining professional licenses, and an opportunity to be a barber at a friend’s shop fell through for the same reason.
There’s a lot of the debate in Colorado right now about abolishing the death penalty. Democrats will likely introduce a bill this month that would ban the death penalty on Monday. But there's another measure lawmakers are considering that would also reform the criminal justice system.
Nearly 80 percent of Californians with even low-level criminal records struggle to find a job, locate housing or achieve other hallmarks of success despite having paid their full debt to society, according to a sweeping new report published Thursday.
The city’s Law Department plans to offer thousands of attendees at an upcoming employment convention downtown the chance to clear many types of arrests and convictions—or at least kick off the process of doing so—through an expungement clinic.
More than a thousand people showed up to an expungement clinic hosted by the Louisville Urban League in February. About 300 of them made it inside. Those whose records were determined to be expungeable under Kentucky law had more than 1,900 cases total.
There's a small but growing movement among prosecutors to automatically reduce sentences and expunge criminal records from before the drug was legal.
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.
With recreational marijuana now legal in Vermont some people arrested for having pot are getting those crimes removed from their records. But marijuana misdemeanors aren’t the only crimes people can get expunged.
The City of Portland plans to launch its first pilot program designed to help people expunge their criminal records in an effort to give them access to better housing options.
Carlos grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn in the 1990s, then a rough-and-tumble neighborhood where he struggled to stay out of trouble. He later moved with his wife and two children to the South Bronx, where he made a career as a taxi driver.
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.
Wisconsin's quirky, limited law regarding when someone can get a criminal conviction erased from public records is keeping thousands of potential workers from employment, a new study finds.
Portage County Clerk of Courts Jill Fankhauser announced this week a pilot program that would help criminal defendants remove sealed or expunged court records from online databases where they might interfere with future background checks.
For those with East Baton Rouge convictions, your next opportunity to expunge them from your record is coming next month.
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.
Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed a major overhaul of Massachusetts' criminal justice system, calling it a bill that "takes our criminal justice system and makes it better."
Rows of tables and computers lined the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall across the street from the Rio Grande homeless shelter Thursday, where attorneys met with clients to fill out and exchange paperwork.
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.
Nevadans with past misdemeanor pot convictions can have their records sealed away, but the Clark County district attorney isn’t ready to wave a magic wand to make it happen.
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.
A clinic in April will provide a second chance to those arrested or convicted on certain crimes, for a price.
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.
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.
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.
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.
House Bill 316, introduced in Juneau Wednesday by Democratic Rep. Harriet Drummond of Anchorage, seeks to seal public records related to certain marijuana charges.
“We Are All Criminals,” examines mass incarceration in the U.S., what it means to have a criminal record and how race plays a role in the system.
When Lisa Graybill organized a rally for criminal justice reform at the Louisiana Capitol in April, she was expecting maybe 300 people. Twice that many showed up.
Since Dec. 1, more North Carolinians are able to expunge certain criminal records that give rise to severe barriers to employment, housing, and other essential opportunities.
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.
A comprehensive criminal justice reform proposal approved by the Massachusetts Senate would reduce the time frame for sealing these criminal records.
Beginning in January 2018, Missourians convicted of certain crimes could have an easier time expunging offenses from their records due to changes in state law.
Ohio attorneys have continued to see an influx of clients hoping to start over and rebuild their lives through expungement.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares said Tuesday he will ask judges to seal the convictions of offenders – including some felons -- who have turned their lives around for at least 10 years.
Assembly Bill 327 shortens the time people with a clean post-conviction record have to wait to get their records sealed.
Proposed by State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, the bill is intended to help eliminate hurdles to housing, employment, and post-high school education that former youthful offenders often face.
People with old convictions who can prove themselves reformed will have a chance at having their cases sealed, under a new state law.
Thanks to a free service from University of Texas law students that helps people expunge their criminal records.
On Friday Illinois governor Bruce Rauner signed into law what appears to be the broadest sealing law in the United States, covering almost all felonies and requiring a relatively short eligibility waiting period of three years.