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Month: December 2021

Congress Introduces Legislation to Expunge Marijuana Record

The Harnessing Opportunities by Pursuing Expungement (HOPE) Act was introduced in Congress on December 2, 2021, to encourage local and state governments to expunge the criminal records of tens of millions of people who have previously been convicted of marijuana-related crimes. Led by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Dave Joyce (R-OH), the bill provides $20 million in cash assistance for…

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The Damage Associated with Making Mugshots Public

After a person is arrested in most states, the police department or county jail may post the mugshot photo online or otherwise make them available to the public. However, this practice can do more harm than good. Mugshots often show people in their worst state, whether they are red-eyed from crying, appear visibly intoxicated, or have cuts and bruises on…

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