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 22, 2016
Proving yet again that any sentence is a life sentence, new FAA rules require criminal background checks and security clearance from the TSA to fly a drone. Commentators, like Virginia Commonwealth University Honors Students went so far as to recommend barring anyone with violent or sexual charges.
June 9, 2016
Even though more than 31 states made it easier to erase your criminal record, whether by sealing or expunging it, most Americans that qualify still don't go through with the process. A lot of people simply don't know you can clear your record, but a good number of others can't afford it.
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 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 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
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?
October 20, 2015
Perhaps the greatest moment of your life has arisen - your release date. It can be an overwhelming time, full of different emotions - both good and bad. It is important to keep yourself in check and do 10 things to get your life back and make sure you stay out, for good.
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.
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 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.
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 14, 2016
The Supreme Court of the United States knocked down Florida's current system set in place for issuing death penalty sentences. While it may not save the petitioner's life, it will change the system for the future.
December 14, 2015
From a dirt poor upbringing to a mansion in Charlotte, from a man with a moonshine conviction to a man pardoned by President Reagan, NASCAR legend Junior Johnson is Monday Motivation at its fastest.
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 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?
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 30, 2015
We put together 5 different maps visualizing the statistics related to the incarceration rates in the United States. It is no secret that our country puts more people in prison than anywhere else in the world, but there are also other astonishing numbers - like the number of people in prison even though they haven't been sentenced.
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.
January 14, 2016
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled the laws in at least eleven different states violated the Fourth Amendment by criminalizing the act of refusing to allow a warrantless blood test in association with a DUI arrest. A breathalyzer test, on the other hand, did not impact a person's privacy the same way.
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 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 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.
November 24, 2015
What exactly does expunging or sealing a criminal record actually mean? What about restricting a record or getting a pardon? Every state has a different procedure in place, even if they use the same words as other states. Becoming familiar with the meanings behind these terms helps you know what to expect in your case.
October 22, 2015
Criminal justice reform is finally getting the kind of legislative push it needs to become a reality. As most know, most politicians only act when they think the public will vote them out if they don't. That's why it is great to hear 10 of the most powerful voices in comedy speaking up.
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.
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.