Illinois Marijuana Expungement Through House Bill 1438

The New Year brings new laws and Illinois’ headline law change is the legalization of recreational marijuana. It is one of the few states to legalize via the state legislature rather than by direct democracy. Included in this legalization law and the focus of this article is an adjustment to how certain cannabis offenses will be expunged. Continue reading

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California Passes Expungement Law Benefiting Future Offenders

On October 8, Governor Newsome signed into law AB 1076, Assemblyman Ting’s bill to improve the expungement process for eligible criminal convictions. Continue reading

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Washington Expands Eligibility for Vacating Past Convictions with HB 1041 “New Hope Act”

On July 28, 2019, HB 1041 went into effect and expanded opportunity for Washingtonians to vacate their criminal records. HB 1041, also known as the “New Hope Act,” will help a greater number of rehabilitated former offenders rejoin society and enjoy full access to economic opportunity. Continue reading

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Missouri Senate Bill Improves Expungement Law

Missouri Senate Bill 1 has been signed into law and will allow four additional offenses to be expunged under Missouri’s expungement statute that were not eligible for expungement previously. Continue reading

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Nevada Marijuana Decriminalization and Voting Rights for Felons Law Changes

On July 1, 2019, Nevada streamlined the process for decriminalized offenses to be sealed from a person’s record. Additionally, come January 1, 2020, employers can no longer discriminate against a user of the now legal substance. Finally, as of July 1, 2019 many of those convicted of felonies will have their voting rights automatically restored and some may not see them be restricted at all. Continue reading

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