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Criminal Justice News

Posted on: Jul 21, 2014

Last year, a law went into effect that allowed some criminals to have their records expunged. This law has attracted a lot of attention from offenders who have begun requesting expungement across the state. While it gives them a better chance at education and employment opportunities, it also has significant drawbacks.

Some of those drawbacks include the effects it has on the victim. Because victims must live with the effects of the crime for their whole lives, they say it isn't fair that the offenders can clear it. In addition, if victims choose to testify against their offenders' expungement request, the law doesn't allow judges to consider the victims' testimony. Another aspect of the law that some legal professionals don't agree with is the the requirement that expungement petitions and hearings be kept confidential.

To read more about this issue, check out this article.


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