Category: criminal records

As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle

The New York Times By Ben Casselman A rapidly tightening labor market is forcing companies across the country to consider workers they once would have turned away. That is providing opportunities to people who have long faced barriers to employment, such as criminal records, disabilities or prolonged bouts of joblessness. In Dane County, Wis., where …

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At 18, Kingsley Rowe Went to Prison for 10 Years. Now He’s 47 and Still Wonders When He’ll Be Free

Salon By Rachel Leah “I’m formerly incarcerated,” and “I spent 10 years in prison for an accident,” Kingsley Rowe told Compass Charter School’s founders during his initial interview for a position there. Rowe was not inexperienced in presenting himself to potential employers, but this was one of the first times Rowe had ever disclosed his …

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After 20 Years, Still Haunted by a Drug Conviction

The Marshall Project By Jason Bost I love my daughter. That goes without saying for most parents, but I am truly crazy about mine. She literally came out of the womb with a smile on her face — no crying, just a big smile, shocking the doctor and all the nurses in the room. As …

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Nevada’s New Record-Sealing Law: “One of Broadest” in U.S.

The Crime Report By Suzanne Potter Nevada is the kind of place where a lot of people end up needing a second chance. It’s a state where the booms and busts of the gaming industry have led many into poverty, drug abuse, even jail time. So, as it slowly recovers from the 2008 recession, legislators …

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Improving Access to Career Pathways for Philadelphia’s Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System Involved Youth

This report from the Juvenile Law Center takes a focused look at the barriers to career pathways that system-involved youth encounter. Based on an in-depth needs assessment of the Philadelphia community, the report offers five strategies to improve access to career-focused programs and early work experiences for youth in the child welfare or juvenile justice system, …

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Illinois Enacts Broadest Sealing Law in Nation

Collateral Consequences Resource Center  By CCRC Staff 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. We expect to provide a more in-depth discussion of the law next …

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PA’s Clean Slate Bill Was Just Unanimously Passed by the State Senate

Generocity  By Julie Zeglen  The state Senate voted unanimously yesterday in favor of a bill that would seal misdemeanor records after 10 years. The legislation would only apply to those who avoided other convictions for at least 10 years. It’s a big win for criminal justice reform advocates like Sharon Dietrich, litigation director of Community Legal …

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LA Becomes First State to Ban the Box on College Admissions Applications

Fox 8 WVUE New Orleans By Shelly Brown Governor John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 688 into law on Friday, making Louisiana the first state in the nation to ban the box on college admissions applications. Starting this fall, the new law prohibits public post-secondary education institutions in the state from inquiring about a potential …

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Get to Know the Expert: Q & A with Michael Pinard

By CSG Justice Center Staff The Clean Slate Clearinghouse  Advisory Board—which consists of legal and academic experts from around the country—works to make the Clean Slate Clearinghouse a mechanism to expand record clearance nationwide. The CSG Justice Center staff spoke with board member Michael Pinard—the Francis and Harriet Iglehart Professor of Law and  co-director of …

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New Law Helps Offenders Who Help Themselves

The Pantagraph By Edith Brady-Lunny SPRINGFIELD — A new Illinois law gives a break to ex-offenders who finish high school and other courses while incarcerated by allowing them to apply to have their criminal records sealed without waiting years to begin the process. The law, effective in January, lets eligible offenders request that their records …

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