December 23, 2017
Mugshot publishing websites in Florida will be subject to new rules on July 1, 2018, but the first lawsuit has already been filed. Two of the biggest mugshot publishing websites have settled with the plaintiff in the Broward County case and provided the legal system with a preview of the litigation to come.
July 14, 2016
Everyone knows ex-cons who can't expunge their records aren't rich. The fact they started a fundraiser on behalf of kids in a juvenile detention facility was news enough. To see what happened when reddit found out about their efforts is just crazy.
January 27, 2016
With one of the broadest - and most confusing - laws in the country, there are a variety of ways to qualify to seal or expunge your record in Illinois. It is also unique in that it allows a number of felony convictions to be sealed from your record. Learn about whether or not you qualify.
January 19, 2016
The top 5 candidates for the Republican Party's Presidential Nominee have some well-known positions and other relatively new positions on a wide range of topics that touch on the topic. Using quotes throughout the years, it is possible to get an idea as to who will support the bi-partisan efforts for true reform.
December 15, 2015
Arkansas is one of the few states to mention in their state law that they recognized how hard the law was for people to understand. In 2013, they did a complete revamp of the law that established how you can seal your criminal record, and they continue to update it in order to make it easier to understand. We help you understand in our breakdown.
December 8, 2015
As one of the latest states to pass an expungement law, Alabama has more people that qualify than other states. But being that they are so new, it also means that many of those who qualify are completely unaware. To that end, we've gone through the statute line by line to break it down for you.
September 8, 2015
As various governments increase spending, economies change, and tax revenues fluctuate, municipalities have begun to look to 'alternative' measures to balance their budgets. Some of those politicians and officers, like those in Ferguson, Missouri, have literally begun to put people who don't pay in jail.
April 22, 2018
The process to restore a former felon's voting rights has long been decried as onerous and unfair. A federal judge agreed, ruling the entire process was not only full of prejudice, but completely unconstitutional. This ruling and an amendment to automatically restore felon's rights are shaking up Florida politics.
February 25, 2017
Your digital footprint is made up of your public records, third-party content, and your social media profiles. Using our guide, Expeal, and RecordSweeper, together, you'll be able to create a pristine and professional online reputation, helping you get a better job, housing, and other life opportunities.
June 21, 2016
Public housing was supposed to serve as a guarantee for all Americans that they will always be able to find a safe and sanitary home to live in so that they can focus on building their lives up from there. For those with a criminal record, that option is snatched from them. It is time for that to change.
January 22, 2016
Missouri is one of the more restrictive states when it comes to expunging criminal records. They allow you to expunge convictions, but the list is only 12 charges long. It also has a unique quirk in that you can expunge as many charges as qualify, but you can only do it once per court in your entire life.
January 5, 2016
The impact of the War On Drugs has been felt by racial minorities for decades. Heroin has long been a part of that problem. In the last few years, heroin - and with it the War On Drugs - has started to hit white communities harder than ever before. Once and for all, we are all united.
December 14, 2015
Arizona doesn't allow for a complete removal of your criminal history, but it is one of the only ones that allows convictions that result in probation or prison time, to be set aside and dismissed. It is also one of the few that allows a person to have their civil rights restored for both state and federal crimes.
December 3, 2015
Keith Wood was charged with a felony for obstructing justice and a misdemeanor for tampering with a jury all because he was passing out flyers that told you what we are about to tell you - a jury can nullify a law, rendering it ineffective. Learn more about jury nullification.
August 13, 2015
One of the places where money matters the most is the period of time between arrest and trial. If you want to see how the rich and poor are treated differently, take a look at who is able to get out before trial and who has to sit in jail, regardless of what that means for their financial ability to defend themselves.
January 6, 2018
A lawsuit against the mugshot industry passed it's first big hurdle -- a motion to dismiss. The Judge dismissed a few counts, but allowed the case to move forward on the basis of the Right to Publicity laws in Illinois and Florida, a specific mugshot related law in Illinois, and the Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices law in Florida.
January 28, 2017
For the fifth year in a row, a Florida State Senator has introduced a bill that will require mug shot publishing websites to remove the photos of those who opt out, and to do so without any fee. Additionally, CS/SB 118 expands the types of charges that can be expunged right away. It will need the support of the public if it is going to pass this time.
April 18, 2016
While Florida seems like it is friendly because of the fact a large number of misdemeanors and felonies qualify - it comes with a very strict catch. You can never have had a conviction for any criminal offense in your entire life and you can only seal or expunge one record in your entire life. Don't get caught off guard.
January 19, 2016
Traditionally viewed as the home of criminal justice reform and civil rights, the Democratic candidates vary widely in their positions related to what should be done moving forward. This is actually consistent with the reality of the Democrats efforts to bring real justice.
December 16, 2015
Never has a group of professionals worked so tirelessly for the common good and received little, if any credit, like the public defender. Facing budget cuts to the point where attorneys have caseloads that are 10 times the allowed amount, giving only 7 minutes a case, it sometimes seems impossible that justice is ever doled out in our courts.
December 9, 2015
As one of the toughest states in which to seal or purge your records, Alaska has a strict standard. Making yourself fully aware of the requirements and procedure involved will be key to make sure you do it successfully. Alaska hasn't passed double digits in years, so be prepared for a tough road ahead.
October 18, 2015
The War on Drugs and the Tough on Crime movement is directly responsible for most of the mandatory minimums judges are forced to follow today. Supporters of the new laws theorized that the harsh penalties would convince criminals not to act. The plan backfired drastically, causing society untold harm.
July 7, 2015
Sometimes, it is easier to get an idea of how bad things have gotten in terms of imprisonment and arrests by looking at the statistics gathered in one place. Using the latest numbers, we explore how the number of people we put behind bars have skyrocketed only recently.