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10.03.17 | Articles

Proposals for a Comprehensive Federal Conviction Expungement Law

New York Law Journal

Despite years or even decades of law abiding conduct, individuals with a criminal record face extraordinary hurdles in rebuilding their lives because of the significant collateral consequences of their conviction. In the past decade, many state lawmakers have enacted laws providing for expungement or sealing remedies. At the same time, federal legislation has taken a step backwards. In this article, we discuss judicial efforts to address this problem, which federal judges acknowledge requires a solution by Congress.

Proposals for a Comprehensive Federal Conviction Expungement Law (PDF | 323.78 KB)