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 4, 2015
The push to ensure pedophiles, rapists, and violent sexual offenders are kept away from children has caught some unlikely people in its web. Homosexuals, teenage lovers, and pranksters have all faced years of their lives with the scarlet letter of registered sex offender status. Thankfully, there is a way to remove yourself if the crime you were convicted for is no longer on the books.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
November 29, 2015
With the way in which criminal records are available online - as well as mugshots - it is very important to know who can see what. Perhaps even more important is to know what you can do about it. Managing your criminal record, whether through sealing, expunging, or otherwise Expealing it, will make all the difference in the world for a person.
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?
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 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.
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 2, 2015
Owning firearms is a quintessential part of American culture. There are more guns owned in the United States than anywhere else in the world, without question - even after taking into account a margin for error. A criminal record means your right to own one will be impacted. We explain how.
November 25, 2015
Non-citizens who are convicted of crimes face a daunting set of penalties, including deportation. However, for those who are not convicted or convicted of a charge that is not deportable, then the same issues faced by citizens, if not worse. If you thought it was tough to get a job without being a citizen, it is even harder with a criminal record.
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.