Expunging Criminal Records Easier; Cost, Ignorance Are Obstacles

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An estimated 70 million people in the U.S. have a criminal arrest or conviction record. Even a low-level misdemeanor conviction on one’s record can stand in the way of getting a job. Many states are taking steps to remove stumbling blocks, including laws to expunge the records of many past crimes when people have served their sentences, paid their fines and continued to stay out of trouble, Stateline reports.

Between 2009 and 2014, 31 states passed laws . . .

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