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Illinois Legalizes Marijuana and Pardons Thousands of Convictions
January 2, 2020

The year 2020 is now upon us, and a lot has changed in the State of Illinois. In May, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB 1438 to legalize recreational marijuana use and sale. Then in June, Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker signed this historic bill into law. The new rules took effect as the New Year rang in, and thousands lined … Read More>

California
New California Law to Expand Criminal Record Expungement
December 27, 2019

A new bill signed by California Governor Newsom in October 2019 will assist in the automatic expungement of criminal records. Assembly Bill 1076 expands the current expungement law for those who successfully finish probation after serving time in county jail. Currently, a California “expungement” only turns a conviction into a dismissed case disposition. The record is not actually destroyed or … Read More>

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Becoming a Teacher with a California Criminal Record
December 2, 2019

Education is a key component of prison reform. A number of states, such as California, offer a means for incarcerated people to educate themselves. Some have been able to obtain a GED for those who have not graduated high school. Reading in prison is highly encouraged by faculty. Inside the system, books are made available, and outside the system, volunteer … Read More>

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Is California’s Ban the Box Law a Good Solution?
November 18, 2019

California’s Assembly Bill (AB) 1008 now makes it an unlawful practice for an employer to ask about an applicant’s criminal history before a conditional offer has been made. Similar s have been labeled throughout the country as "ban-the-box" laws. In other words, applicants no longer have to face that small check box which many worry about.Effects of the BillThis … Read More>

Housing for Felons in Utah
September 25, 2019

Serving out one’s term of conviction does not mean that one will be embraced with open arms by society. In fact, the completion of a sentence, while closing one door, opens another, behind which lies an entirely new set of challenges. Among a host of problems incurred by any civilian,the acquisition and maintenance of housing is by far one of … Read More>

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What are Red Flag Gun Laws?
August 19, 2019

In the wake of recent mass shootings, lawmakers are considering a push for “red flag” gun control measures. Many Americans are wondering what this means for their Second Amendment rights. Essentially, these are laws that are aimed at removing firearm rights for potentially dangerous individuals. How is this accomplished? Red flag laws would allow state courts to sign a special … Read More>

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Illinois to Expunge Thousands of Marijuana Convictions
August 1, 2019

The Governor of Illinois has just signed HB 1438 into law, making cannabis legal in the state for those 21 and older. This makes Illinois the 11th state in the country to legalize the recreational use and purchase of marijuana. Furthermore, the law includes vast criminal justice reform provisions to help those with marijuana-related criminal records. Specifically, it will expunge … Read More>

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Washington State’s New Law to Vacate Criminal Convictions
July 10, 2019

New this month, changes will take effect modifying Washington state’s process for vacating conviction records. Effective June-July 2019, more people with felony and misdemeanor convictions will be eligible for relief. Although Washington typically doesn’t allow people to completely expunge or destroy criminal records, they do allow criminal convictions to be “vacated.” A vacatur releases the person from all penalties and … Read More>

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How Does a Felony Affect Your Life?
June 18, 2019

As background checks become more commonplace, it is increasingly more difficult to avoid the negative repercussions of a criminal record. As a result, those that have a record are finding it harder to move on with their life. Here are some common issues that felons face as a result of a criminal record: Employment Hiring felons can be a tricky subject for … Read More>

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How Long Does a Criminal Record Last?
June 4, 2019

What is the Length of a Criminal Record? The short and simple answer to this question: forever. Much of your criminal record is available to anyone until a court orders them removed from public access. This means that anyone with a few dollars and internet access can see that mistake you made in the past. This can prove to be a … Read More>