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

Tags: Criminal Records, Expungement / Record Sealing

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of New Jersey


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.”