Last year Indiana passed an expungement law, known as the Second Chance Law, which permits expungement of certain convictions. The Second Chance Law was welcome news for former offenders in Indiana, but it is also a very complex law and several problems have arisen in the past several months. HB 1155 will cure several issues that have arisen under the expungement law. Continue reading
The services available in Oregon will include conviction expungement, dismissed case expungement, juvenile case expungement, firearm rights restoration, probation termination, felony reduction, and termination of sex offender registration. Oregon law allows some individuals with a criminal history to have their records cleared. This relief in Oregon is known as a “set aside” or an “expungement.” Continue reading
Millions of Americans are facing challenges everyday because a criminal record from their past continues to haunt them. A prior arrest or conviction prevents former offenders from reintegrating into society, but an expungement or sealing can help these individuals have the life they desire and deserve. Expunging your criminal record can help with the challenges that you might face when trying to move forward. After your criminal record is sealed or expunged, you can put those old mistakes behind you. Continue reading
Ban the Box, a campaign to end discrimination against those with criminal convictions, has been taking off across the country over the past several years. Ban the Box legislation has recently started to be enacted at the state level. Under these laws, job applications cannot include a “box” asking about criminal history. However, employers will still be able to ask about criminal history later in the screening process, either at the interview or with background checks. Continue reading
A new Illinois law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2014, allows people convicted of certain Class 3 and 4 felony offenses to seal their records. This change in the expungement law expands eligibility for record clearing relief in Illinois and will allow more former offenders to secure employment, apply for housing, and move forward with their lives.