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New Expunged Record Law Limits Background Checks

North Carolina’s new Expunged Criminal Record bill will affect what questions employers may ask on job applications and during the hiring process. The law prevents most employers from asking about crimes and criminal charges that have been ex­­punged from job applicants’ records. The law doesn’t bar employers from asking about arrests and convictions that have […]

State Destroying Online Court Records, Raising Debate Over Privacy, Consistency

Pennsylvania has removed millions of public records from a state court system website. State officials say they are treating the electronic copies like paper ones, which are destroyed after a certain period of time. Records of serious crimes are still kept for decades. Edward Spreha, a Harrisburg-based defense attorney, said the change would make it […]

Federal Grants to Expunge Criminal Convictions

Within the next two years, more than 5,000 U.S. minors and young adults could have their criminal records expunged with the help of $26 million in federal grants, which means that their future employers may never know about their convictions. Expungement removes from the justice system all information about criminal history-including fingerprints, trial records, and […]

“Second Chance” in Indiana Part Deux: Law Restricts Use of Sealed and Expunged Criminal Records

The latest changes to the Indiana “Second Chance” law went into effect on July 1, 2013, and were brought about by Indiana House Enrolled Act No. 1482 (the “Act” ), and signed into law by Governor Mike Pence in May 2013. The new law applies to both Indiana-based employers as well as employers who hire […]

New Law on Expunging Records Helps Michigan’s Juvenile Offenders Make a Clean Start

Juvenile offenders can now get their criminal records expunged under a bill that received rare, unanimous agreement in the Michigan legislature. The law allows juvenile offenders to request that their records be cleared if they have three or fewer misdemeanors or one felony conviction. Prior rules allowed for the request on only one misdemeanor. Offenders […]

Indiana’s Criminal Expungement Statute

Indiana has passed a new criminal expungement law sometimes referred to as the “Second Chance Law.” The Second Chance Law allows certain classes of individuals to petition a court for an order significantly limiting most third parties’ ability to access the individuals’ prior criminal records. It also allows those duly convicted of a wide variety […]

New Indiana Law Restricts Use of Criminal Records

Effective July 1, 2013, Indiana will permit the expungement of certain criminal records and prohibit employer discrimination based on the expungement of any current or prospective employee’s conviction or arrest record. The new law allows people who have committed crimes in the past to receive a clean slate. Persons who have been charged with or […]

Georgia Bill Would Hide Arrest Information

A provision in sentencing reform legislation that would restrict public access to arrest records of people later cleared of charges has raised concerns among First Amendment proponents. House Bill 1176 includes an “expungement” provision that would streamline the way individuals cleared of criminal charges can get their records restricted from public view, provided a number […]

Dallas-Area Man, Erbie Lee Bowser, Arrested in Killings of 4 Women Had His RECORD WIPED CLEAN

Bowser had a history of domestic violence, but it isn’t in his criminal record because he completed the Dallas County court program for veterans in the summer of 2012. Bowser entered the Veterans Court after attacking Zina Bowser at their home on Galleria in January 2011. She had filed for divorce and wanted him to […]

Publicly Reporting Expunged Conviction Records Does Not Create Liability For Defamation

Publicly reporting expunged conviction records does not create liability for defamation if the information disclosed is true, according to the New Jersey Supreme Court . In the case, a political campaign publicized the expunged drug conviction of an opponent’s aide in a flyer. The Court ruled that defendants in this case were entitled to assert […]


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