NY Senate Leader Backs Expunging Criminal Records in Marijuana Legalization | New York Law Journal  Law.comThe leader of the New York State Senate said Wednesday that she would prefer low-level marijuana-related criminal records to be expunged, rather than sealed ...

Medical marijuana, expungement reforms head to final vote. And NJ may decriminalize weed.  Asbury Park PressTRENTON - While the legislative push to legalize weed might be dead for now in New Jersey, bills to expand the state's medical marijuana program, overhaul ...

Got a juvenile criminal record? Head to an expungement clinic  Daily HeraldThe last thing Jane expected to worry about before graduating from medical school was her juvenile criminal record.

Medical marijuana expansion and expungement reforms moving forward in New Jersey  PotNetworkWhile New Jersey's bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana is dead in the water, three major-marijuana related bills are still floating through the ...

Your Illinois News Radar » About that expungement issue  The Capitol Fax BlogTuesday, May 21, 2019. * From the other day… A Republican state senator on Wednesday suggested that Illinois' Democratic governor issue a mass pardon of ...

New Marijuana Legalization Bill Proposes Expungement of Records, Assembly Leader Says | New York Law Journal  Law.comAssembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes D-Buffalo told reporters at the state Capitol on Tuesday that she's planning to introduce a bill later this week ...

Some states are expunging marijuana-related convictions. Why isn't Michigan?  Michigan RadioNow that recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan, what happens to the around 50,0000 people who've previously been convicted of marijuana-related crimes ...

An algorithm wipes clean the criminal pasts of thousands  BBC NewsThis month, a judge in California cleared thousands of criminal records with one stroke of his pen. He did it thanks to a ground-breaking new algorithm that ...

Amid pushback from prosecutors, Illinois Dems call expungement provision 'critical' to marijuana legalization  The SouthernSPRINGFIELD — Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois might be unconstitutional. That is the warning one ...

More Of That, Please: From Giving Criminal Records To Expunging Them  WGLT NewsEvery week or so on GLT's The Leadoff podcast, we'll bring you the story of an unsung community servant who's making Bloomington-Normal a better place. It.

'It's a big chance:' NC Second Chance Act passes state Senate  WTVD-TVSome people in North Carolina with a criminal record are one step closer to having their record wiped clean. The "Second Chance Act" sailed through the state ...

A welcome move to ease the burden of a criminal record  Raleigh News & ObserverNC lawmakers move to let more people clear their criminal record.

Democrats call expungement provision 'critical' to marijuana legalization  Herald & ReviewSPRINGFIELD — Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois is now the subject of questions about whether it ...

Your Illinois News Radar » Cannabis roundup  The Capitol Fax BlogThursday, May 23, 2019. * Licensed, regulated and significantly taxed cannabis growing facilities will not have machetes, caches of illegally possessed guns, ...

Norcross v. Murphy  PoliticoGood Wednesday morning! It's now officially Norcross versus Murphy. Or, rather, Norcross v. Murphy. The South Jersey Democratic power broker filed suit ...

'More than 1000 Jamaicans had criminal records expunged last year'  Loop News JamaicaMore than 1000 Jamaicans had their criminal records expunged over the past year, according to Justice Minister Delroy Chuck. The Minister made the revelation ...

Holley, McKnight & Wimberly Bill Revising State Expungement Procedures Approved by Assembly Panel  InsiderNJHolley, McKnight & Wimberly Bill Revising State Expungement Procedures Approved by Assembly Panel. (TRENTON) – On legislation (A-4498) that would ...

Rap Sheet Day helps Chicagoans clear past offenses from their criminal records  WLS-TVCHICAGO (WLS) -- Thursday is Rap Sheet Day in Chicago, a day where people with marijuana and other expungable offenses work to get their rap sheets ...

Democrats call expungement ‘critical’ to marijuana legalization  The Edwardsville IntelligencerSPRINGFIELD — Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois might be unconstitutional. That is the warning one ...

Marijuana Decrim Bill Up in the Assembly on Thursday  InsiderNJBills connected to medical marijuana expansion and expungement are scheduled to go before the full assembly on Thursday. They are A10 and A4498, ...

Two bills aim to help remove certain marijuana charges from criminal records  WGMEAUGUSTA (WGME) -- Two bills in front of the judicial committee of the Maine legislature would change the criminal records of Mainers who have certain ...

Judge expunges felony record of woman who assaulted former Minnesota politician at Mall of America  Star TribuneWith her victim's blessing, a judge has cleared the felony record of a 22-year-old Minneapolis woman who brutally assaulted a former Minnesota politician with a ...

NORRISTOWN: Council listens to marijuana decriminalization arguments | Local News  The Times HeraldNORRISTOWN--After listening to two proponents of decriminalizing recreational marijuana at its workshop meeting Wednesday night, Norristown Municipal ...

Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act introduced to federally decriminalize cannabis  PotNetworkTwo companion bills were introduced Monday, the goal of which is to remove marijuana from the U.S. Department of Justice Controlled Substances list.

Big source of Murphy 'dark money' group's money is revealed  PoliticoGood Monday morning! For 140 days, I've kept count of how long it's been since the Murphy-aligned group “New Direction New Jersey” reneged on its promise ...

Legislators attempt to support employment of past offenders through expungement law reform  The Daily CardinalLegislators across the state are attempting to mitigate unemployment issues held by formerly incarcerated people by supporting expungement reform.

City of Santa Maria offers free criminal record clearance clinic  KSBY San Luis Obispo NewsThe City of Santa Maria Public Library is partnering with the Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office and nonprofit “OneJustice” to provide a free criminal ...

Local officals, residents meet in Raliegh  Laurinburg ExchangeLAURINBURG — Area residents joined many North Carolinians in Raleigh last week to petition at the Second Chance Lobby Day. Last Tuesday, the event was ...

Nila Bala: Connecticut’s Clean Slate bill would help those locked out of work  New Haven RegisterConnecticut has made major progress in reforming its criminal justice system. In many ways, it is a leader of justice reform in our country. However, too often ...

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/17/19  NORML BlogWelcome to the latest edition of NORML's Weekly Legislative Roundup!

Goodwill, partners offer expungement clinic; Upcoming changes in law will make it easier for some  Glasgow Daily TimesGLASGOW – Changes approved in the 2019 General Assembly will make it possible for some who aren't eligible now to get their criminal records expunged.

Cummings, Nadler, Bass, and Booker Reintroduce the Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act  LasentinelWashington, D.C. (April 30, 2019) – Today, Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; Jerrold Nadler ...

Guest opinion: Past and future of expungement reform  Deseret NewsOnce an individual has fulfilled their obligations to the state, they should be free from discrimination for their past mistakes. Expungement grants them this ...

Legal recreational pot in Illinois? The devil is in the details for Pritzker, legislators  Chicago TribuneAt the outset of the spring legislative session, legalization of recreational pot in Illinois might have seemed like a foregone conclusion. It is a top item on ...

Barickman balks at expunging criminal records for drug dealers  MyStateline.comILLINOIS (WCIA) -- A Central Illinois lawmaker who supports legalizing recreational cannabis for adult use says a portion of the plan currently supported by ...

Undoing the Damage of the Drug War  Rolling StoneA criminal record, even for something as seemingly minor as weed possession, can serve as a lifelong stain, preventing someone from getting a job, a house, ...

How One Platform Is Helping Ex-Offenders Clear Their Record  ForbesThis article discusses the platform Clear My Record, which helps ex-offenders to clear their criminal record.

Expunging arrests would be easier under bill approved by Senate  WRAL.comOther criminal justice reform efforts likely to die as legislative deadline approaches.

Pardoned man still fighting system | Haverhill  Eagle-TribuneBOSTON — It's been nearly 15 years since Thomas Schoolcraft was caught breaking into homes on Plum Island and in New Hampshire — crimes that branded ...

Code for America Continues Efforts to Expunge California Cannabis Convictions  CheddarBy Brian Henry. The Sacramento County District Attorney dismissed or reduce over 5,300 cannabis convictions this month thanks to an algorithm created by ...

Federal: The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act - NORML - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws  NORML BlogSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Majority Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries introduced the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, to remove ...

Your Illinois News Radar » Madigan on finding 60 votes for the cannabis bill and convincing “the minorities”  The Capitol Fax BlogTuesday, May 7, 2019. * From the newly introduced cannabis legalization bill in the eligibility for expungement section… “Minor violation of the Cannabis Control ...

Second Chance Act would help ex-offenders get housing, employment  North Carolina Health NewsEasing the way to expunging a criminal record means it would be easier for ex-offenders to access the things needed for a healthy life.

Joe Biden Endorses Marijuana Decriminalization And Rescheduling—But Not Legalization  Marijuana MomentFormer Vice President Joe Biden remains opposed to legalizing marijuana but said through a spokesperson on Thursday that he supports decriminalizing ...

Lawyers And Coders Team Up To Help Ex-Offenders Clear Their Records In Kansas City  KCURHaving a criminal record can make it hard to find a job, and a place to live. Missouri allows some offenses to be erased from a person's record, or.

Pilot project helps Street Roots vendors expunge their records  Street Roots NewsStreet Roots, the Metropolitan Public Defender and the Portland Housing Bureau recently collaborated on “Expungement Palooza," a pilot project aimed at ...

A Strategic Error  InsiderNJSenate President Steve Sweeney's decision to put an end to any further attempts to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana amounted to a mercy ...

The Clean Slate Act's Record-Sealing Provisions Go Further Than Cory Booker's Marijuana Justice Act  ReasonThe bill applies to all federal marijuana offenders, and it creates a process for sealing records of other nonviolent offenses.

Helping those with a criminal record brings advocates to the capitol  WILX-TVLANSING, MI (WILX) - On Wednesday, a coalition came to the state capitol to educate legislators on the lifetime consequences of a criminal conviction.

What Michigan can learn from California's effort to expunge marijuana convictions  Michigan RadioThere are roughly 50000 people in Michigan who have been convicted of cannabis-related crimes. Now that voters have legalized recreational marijuana,

Busted for weed? Don't worry. Michigan could have your back.  City PulseAbout three months after Jeff Carter was paroled from prison on felony weed dealing charges, recreational marijuana was legalized in Michigan. But the black ...

Biden campaign expresses support for decriminalizing marijuana  PotNetwork"Nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana." That is according to presidential hopeful Joe Biden who spoke to voters at a house party in Nashua, New ...

Champaign circuit clerk among those working on potential issues with legal pot  Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteURBANA — Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman is working behind the scenes to prepare for what's coming when and if recreational cannabis for ...

Using Marijuana Revenue to Create Jobs  Center For American ProgressToday's national policy debate around marijuana stands in sharp contrast to the debate of the past. Current elected leaders as well as those running for office ...

Help former inmates get jobs  Pittsburgh Post-GazetteMeaningful criminal justice reform is within Pennsylvania's grasp.

Madigan reserved as Pritzker rallies for legal pot  Aledo Times RecordSPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has thrown a sign of caution as Gov. J.B. Pritzker tries to push adult use cannabis into high gear.

Expungement Reform Gains Overwhelming Bipartisan Support  Washington Free BeaconWhile some of the first federal prison reform measures in decades were enacted under President Donald Trump early this year, the White House declared April ...

Can pot legalization help the poor, minority communities it hurt most?  Times Herald-RecordComplicating the law-making process are questions about how best to erase marijuana convictions and ensure that people who were arrested for pot benefit ...

Stafford Democrat seeking Va. 88th District house seat  Fauquier NowKecia Evans running in June 11 primary for nomination to challenge Del. Mark Cole.

Center for Justice Reform receives grant to support expungement clinics  vtdigger.orgNews Release — Vermont Law School May 21, 2019. Contact: John Miller press@vermontlaw.edu (802) 831-1000. Get all of VTDigger's daily news.

Washington Expungement Law to Allow More Marijuana Charges to be Cleared  Weedmaps NewsDemocratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill May 13, 2019, aimed at erasing old misdemeanor marijuana convictions, seven years after voters in the ...

Madigan: Pritzker revenue plan being ‘ratcheted down’ by lawmakers (video)  Alton TelegraphYour browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available. Click here to visit our frequently asked questions about HTML5 video.

Street Roots vendors and attorneys partner for expungement pilot • INSP  INSPThe homeless community has long been the target of police action and prosecution, often creating an insurmountable backlog of tickets and non-violent ...

Goodwill hosts expungement clinic in Lexington  WKYTGoodwill and several organizations are working together to help people in Lexington clean their records and give them a second chance.

Calif. Uses Algorithm to Scrub Thousands of Cannabis Convictions  FuturismMarijuana is now legal in California, but an estimated one million people in the state still suffer the consequences of past cannabis convictions. Now, a new ...

The Case for Expunging Criminal Records  The New York TimesA new study shows the benefits of giving people a clean slate.

When pot legalization fails: Plan B's and 'consolation prizes'  Boulder WeeklyDemocrats emerged from the 2018 election with control of state legislatures in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Illinois and New Mexico, where Democratic ...

'Black and brown' leaders: 'We can do more together than we can do apart'  Chicago Sun-TimesOn its face, a presentation this week by lawmakers and community groups seeking funding for community-based legal services for the poor seemed ...

Only 37% of drunk driving cases in Louisiana end in conviction, according to MADD report  MyArkLaMissA new Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) Court Monitoring Report found 37% of drunk driving cases in Louisiana end with a conviction for the original ...

The Cannabis Revolution Comes to the Capitol  Rolling StoneSince the dawn of the Drug War, federal legislators have stood by, or even applauded, as millions of Americans have racked up convictions for marijuana ...

Live at 9: Expungement fair, Ryan Daniel and Watercooler Wednesday  WREG NewsChannel 3Check out all the Live at 9 interviews from Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Marijuana cannabis pot weed legalization not a revenue panacea for Illinois  Crain's Chicago BusinessThe millions in new revenue the Pritzker administration expects—if it materializes—is certainly not nothing, but it's far from enough to put Illinois' books into ...

Second chance - The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald  Roanoke Chowan News HeraldJACKSON – Those with criminal records and show a sincere desire to become productive members of society are deserving of a second chance. That's the ...

Expungement And Sealing Of Records Help Ex-Criminals Return To Work  NPRA criminal conviction can present obstacles to everything from jobs to housing. Since 2017, more than 20 states have expanded or added laws that help people ...

Clean Slate law would allow full family healing  The CT MirrorFor billions across the world, and many of us here in Connecticut, Passover and Easter are opportunities to pause our hectic schedules and re-center our ...

Capitol Review: Criminal justice reforms address prison overcrowding, economic inequities  The Colorado IndependentEditor's note: The Indy is publishing a series of stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on criminal justice. Other stories ...

DFL lawmakers sponsor bill to erase eviction records  Star TribuneMinnesota legislators are considering making it easier for thousands of tenants to have their eviction record erased or hidden from public view. As the state ...

Don't purge records of expunged cases | Monona / Cottage Grove Herald-Independent  hngnews.comWisconsin legislators are looking to reform current law governing the expungement of criminal records.

The mandate for system change is growing  Street Roots NewsDIRECTOR'S DESK | It's a lot of work to fix the system. It's better to prevent barriers in the first place.

Duluth attorney reprimanded for drug conviction  Duluth News TribuneA Duluth attorney has been reprimanded by the Minnesota Supreme Court after pleading guilty to a felony drug charge last year. David Keegan, 67, was ...

Criminal Record Expungement Act heads to Senate with bipartisan support  KRQE News 13A bill that allows people to get an arrest or conviction taken off their record is making its way through the legislature. The Criminal Record Expungement Act is ...

Assembly panel to take input on criminal record expungement  Star TribuneA legislative committee is set to take public comments on a bill that would allow more convicts to have their records erased.

Lawmakers reflect on 100th General Assembly  Fulton SunEven the Democrats agreed, Gov. Mike Parson had a good legislative session.

Busy month for cannabis in New Mexico  The Leaf OnlineNew Mexico legislators and the governor had a busy April, updating state cannabis laws for medical marijuana expansion, adding protection from drug tests, ...

With annulments on the rise, police and victim advocates raise alarm  The Union LeaderA 40-year-old drug charge could prevent you from getting a new job. A conviction when you were 19 may mean a rejected student loan application.

What is the ACLU focusing on when it comes to 'Smart Justice?'  WDEL 1150AMThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been behind the scenes and on the forefront of criminal justice reform for some time now.

When a Criminal Record Is Erased, or Isn’t  The New York TimesA retired California judge and the Brooklyn district attorney discuss aspects of the issue, including applying for professional licenses and marijuana possession.

NJ Politics Digest: With Legal Pot on Hold, Is Decriminalization Next?  ObserverNow that it appears New Jersey won't be legalizing marijuana until at least after November 2020, state legislators might move this week to essentially ...

Free criminal record expungement, sealing clinic in Cairo  KFVSAttorneys will be available to assist eligible low-income Illinois residents, with qualifying adult misdemeanor and felony criminal records, apply to have their ...

Why victims of crime deserve a voice | TheHill  The HillEfforts enacted under the guise of being “tough on crime” are often in reality toughest on victims.

There’s No Such Thing as Expunging a Criminal Record Anymore  SlateYou're arrested. It's a mistake and it's expunged. But your mug shot is still online for everyone to find.

CAPITOL RECAP: Changes likely coming to cannabis legalization bill  Alton TelegraphCAPITOL RECAP: Changes likely coming to cannabis legalization bill. By Capitol News Illinois staff. Recommended Video. Speed. Normal. Quality. Auto. Quality.

Bill to allow petitions to judges to expunge criminal records clears Senate  New Mexico Political ReportCommitting a crime might be easy enough. Getting a criminal record expunged in New Mexico is more difficult than almost anywhere in the West. Now that is ...

RCSD special education teacher with abusive history in Las Vegas lied on job application  Rochester Democrat and ChronicleJames Doran, the special education teacher whom the Rochester City School District hired despite a previous conviction of battery of a child in a Nevada ...

Peace Officers Memorial Day held | Farmington-press  Daily Journal OnlinePeace Officers Memorial Day is held annually in the United States on May 15 in honor of federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Criminal record holders are being encouraged to seek sealing orders, expungement  Dorchester ReporterLast year's reform law expanded process Massachusetts residents with a history of criminal activity or court appearances are increasingly seeking to seal or, ...

New Washington Law Will Erase Old Cannabis Convictions  LeaflyUnder the new law, judges are required to grant requests to vacate misdemeanor marijuana possession charges that occurred before the drug was legalized.

Here's What Happened Under The Gold Dome On Monday  InsiderNJSENATE ACTION (QUORUM). Bills Introduced: S3771 Andrzejczak,B St. veh.-reduce number REF SSG. S3772 Andrzejczak,B Disabled-pub restroom fac, equip ...

ACLU Pushes for Criminal Record Expungements in New Mexico  U.S. News & World ReportALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for criminal justice reform are urging Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to sign legislation that would allow for people to ...

Rutgers Law School Students Assist Camden-Area Residents Seeking to Expunge Criminal Records  Rutgers-Camden NewsNowBy Jeanne Leong. A minor criminal offense that happened 20 years earlier could prevent someone from getting a job or finding an apartment if a criminal ...