Third Annual Law Student Expungement Competition Results

The Foundation for Continuing Justice and the division of The Law Firm of Higbee & Associates are pleased to announce the results of its third annual Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition. Continue reading

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A Second Chance and New Opportunity Offered to California’s Inmate Firefighters – Assembly Bill 2147

California legislature passed Assemblywoman Eloise Reye’s AB 2147, providing the opportunity for inmate fighters to petition the court for criminal record expungement relief. Continue reading

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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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