In N.J., some offenders can erase record faster now


Under a state law that takes effect Monday, people could have a faster path to clearing their names.
News Story (Pennsylvania)

Michael Boren
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2016
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Tags: Criminal Records, Expungement / Record Sealing

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of New Jersey


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Advocates of the law say it will give a second chance to low-level offenders or drug users who recognize their mistakes and want to put the past behind them. And that often begins with having a job.

“Employment is a cornerstone of reentry,” said Akil Roper, chief counsel for reentry at Legal Services of New Jersey, an organization that helps low-income residents clear their records. “And without that, we tend to see folks going back to prison.”