August 29, 2016
In an effort to bring real change to the way in which Florida treats people with criminal records, Expeal is hosting a free expungement and voter registration fair. Not only will Expeal help clear records, but we will also register people to vote in the upcoming elections.
June 27, 2016
Taking action outside of the normal legislative avenue, President Obama made moves to reduce recidivism rates nationwide. Acting through executive agencies, tens of millions of dollars will provide hope for the millions that re-enter their communities after serving time in prison.
June 21, 2016
Slowly but surely is better than not at all, with Pennsylvania residents who support legalization of marijuana being a perfect example of that adage. After having won the battle to legalize medical marijuana, advocates are now focusing on recreational use with a Representative of the State House on their side.
January 25, 2016
Acting on promises he previously made, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie included bill A206 among the dozens of new bills he signed into law. A206 cuts expungement waiting times in half while also expanding the process of automatic expungement to drug court graduates, among other updates.
January 20, 2016
Some say it's about second chances, while others claim it unfairly hides the past. HB40, a bill that would help some ex-cons with Class D felonies expunge their records and get a fresh start in Kentucky, took a big step, passing in the State House of Representatives.
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.
A man beats the incumbent in an election. The incumbent complains to the District Attorney, pointing out that the victor had felony convictions 23 years ago. The DA thinks it is unfair, but has to uphold the law and bars the candidate from taking his seat. Politics.
December 11, 2015
Illinois state representatives are attempting to decriminalize marijuana one more time. After having a previous bill vetoed by the Governor, a new bill was introduced that lined up with the previous bill but was amended to reduce the amount a person can possess from 15 grams to 10 grams, something the Governor asked for in his veto.
The first Chicago official to lose their job over the Laquan McDonald shooting scandal was a big one. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, known for having been poached from the NYPD by the Newark PD and then the Chicago PD, was asked to resign by Mayor Rahm Emanuel this morning.
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.
August 15, 2016
By making a bold push towards real criminal justice reform, St. Petersburg and the rest of Pinellas County are providing a real model for the rest of Florida. Together with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, an alternative sentencing program is providing a real second chance.
June 25, 2016
Signing what will hopefully by the first of several criminal justice reform related bills, Governor Rick Snyder approved SB0251, a law sponsored and championed by State Senator John Proos. SB0251 will allow juveniles to enter into what amounts to alternative sentencing, avoiding a criminal record.
February 1, 2016
"They got arrested, fingerprinted, booked, had his picture [taken] ... and had to go to rehabilitation. They're five-years-old. So, then, when he went to get a job when he was an adult, they said, 'well, do you realize you have a police record?' Then, he said, 'does it say on there that I was five?'"
January 23, 2016
Without a doubt, the question we are most often asked is whether or not an arrest creates a criminal record. The unfortunate fact is that it most likely does. Very few states automatically expunge an arrest record. For the states that don't, you will have to go through the same Expeal process - with a few tweaks.
January 20, 2016
You would think that in a fair and just system, it would be an easy process to expunge criminal charges that resulted from identity theft. You would think wrong if you live in New Mexico. After a nearly 7 year battle, one man is helping others after his own struggle.
January 13, 2016
Florida moves in line with the current trend towards real and true criminal justice reform by trying to make it easier for juvenile offenders to actually start their lives. By allowing minors to expunge their record sooner than currently allowed, real obstacles are removed.
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 10, 2015
It is no secret that tensions run high in a courtroom. It is also human nature to develop bonds with and grudges for the people you see day-to-day. If those people have certain beliefs and get along with you, you'll like them. If not, you may end up having a relationship like this Broward County judge and public defender.
October 26, 2015
There are 3 Democrats remaining in the Democratic Presidential Primary elections. These 3 include 2 former Senators and a Governor. Everyone knows Hillary Clinton, but does she share the same thoughts on pot as Bill? What about Bernie from Don't Tread On Me New England? Did The Wire impact O'Malley?
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.
August 4, 2016
An ex-con from Florida was serving a life sentence without parole for a non-violent drug felony. President Obama, recognizing the issue with this, commuted his sentence. Months later, the ex-con sends a thank you letter to President Obama that the President used as inspiration for 214 new commutations.
June 22, 2016
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is spearheading a number of efforts towards improving the lives of Kentucky's residents. By expanding expungement availability and now creating CJPAC (a bipartisan council tasked with proposing a complete overhaul of the system) Gov. Bevin serves as a role model to his colleagues.
January 29, 2016
Missouri legislators have tried to make some moves towards changing expungement laws, but haven't had much success. While many want to expand the legislation to include a large number of other charges, nothing will ever go through without public support - because the political will is weak.
January 21, 2016
Adding yet another potential way to have a request to seal or expunge a record in Florida denied, Lake Worth City Commissioners are one step away from making it a crime to be on public property at night. The punishment if convicted is a trespassing violation and a fine of up to $500 and/or up to 60 days in jail.
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.
January 12, 2016
Criminal justice reform has hit a headline moment with Republican Presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie moving forward with proposed changes to bills establishing a new re-entry program along with changes to streamline the expungement process.
December 13, 2015
Seattle has recently become a new hot-spot for the tech world, and with that, it is a new hot-spot for young, urban residents with a lot of money to spend on rent. It should be no surprise to any of us that in a housing market like that, those with criminal records were discriminated against. FARE wants to do something about it.
December 8, 2015
From the power base of the very first police union in this nation's history, the city of Pittsburgh is in the middle of a stand-off over the employment agreement that governs the actions of those sworn to protect and serve. It all kicked off when an officer was asked for a urine test.
October 26, 2015
Even though there are 15 Republicans, only 1 of the Top 5 thinks any differently than the mainstream thought of the party. The astonishing part is that he is considered more conservative than most! Is it Trump, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, or Bush?