Category: criminal record clearance

Minor Crimes Get ‘Clean Slate’ in Utah

County News By Rachel Looker Citizens who committed low-level crimes in the state of Utah are getting a second chance to have a “clean slate” thanks to Salt Lake County and the passing of House Bill 431. Utah is the second state (after Pennsylvania) to pass an automatic expungement bill for eligible citizens who committed …

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Scrubbing the past to Give Those with a Criminal Record a Second Chance

NPR By Eric Westervelt Latosha Poston says she made a lot of mistakes in her life. Her legal troubles began in her teens after her first child was born in Indianapolis. Over the years, bad decisions led to some arrests, some convictions. “Sometimes we get stuck in our past and let our past guide us,” …

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Could an Ex-Convict Become an Attorney? I Intended to Find Out

The New York Times Magazine By Reginald Dwayne Betts One afternoon in the fall of 2016, I sat in a windowless visiting room at the Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire, Conn. A recent graduate of Yale Law School, I was a certified legal intern on a fellowship in the New Haven public defender’s office. J., a …

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Technology and Criminal Record Clearance

Hosted by the Clean Slate Clearinghouse with funding support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Download a PDF of the presentation. This webinar explores how technology has influenced criminal record clearance processes and improved service delivery around the country. The presentation …

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Register for Webinar: Technology and Criminal Record Clearance

Hosted by the Clean Slate Clearinghouse with funding support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. This webinar will explore how technology has influenced criminal record clearance processes and improved service delivery around the …

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Opinion: Businesses Can’t Find People to Hire. So Why Is Unemployment Still so High for This Demographic?

NBC News THINK By Chandra Bozelko and Ryan Lo Despite a record 6.7 million open jobs in America and the fact that nearly one-third of small businesses cannot fill open jobs, the stigma against hiring formerly incarcerated people is so severe that more than 27 percent of us are unemployed, according to a study out …

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Criminal Convictions behind Them, Few Have Had Their Records Sealed

The New York Times By Jan Ransom 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. But he …

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The Clean Slate Model–Sealing Criminal Records through Automated Computer Queries

Hosted by the Clean Slate Clearinghouse with funding support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Download a PDF of the presentation. This webinar explores the new “Clean Slate” model of mass sealing minor conviction and non-conviction records by automated computer queries, …

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Seeking New Perspective, Interview Series Gives Firsthand Look at Criminal Record Clearance Experiences

By Clair Sinclair, CSG Justice Center With awareness of the need for criminal justice reform on the rise across the country, hearing stories about people who have criminal records isn’t all that uncommon. But a new interview series is allowing listeners to actually hear how these records have impacted lives as well as the discourse …

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Forgiving and Forgetting in American Justice: A 50-State Guide to Expungement and Restoration of Rights

This report from the Collateral Consequences Resource Center catalogues and analyzes the various provisions for relief from the collateral consequences of conviction that are now operating in each state, including judicial record-sealing and certificates of relief, executive pardon, and administrative nondiscrimination statutes.  The report’s goal is to facilitate a national conversation about how those who have a …

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