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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Colorado Expands Record Sealing Law through HB 19-1275

On August 2nd, 2019, a new law will go into effect that will expand the availability of criminal record sealing relief for scores of previously ineligible Colorodans. Colorado is seeking to allow more people the opportunity to rejoin society and the workforce without carrying the stigma of a past conviction. Continue reading

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