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March 19, 2014 Return to News & Events States: Expungement of Criminal Records May be a Step Toward Re-Employment

Expunging criminal records is not an easy task but it may be one that allows viable re-employment in the workplace. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of states: “There are a number of initiatives tasked with reengaging and reemploying individuals with a criminal past, including ban-the-box legislation, but one that may be over looked is Expungement.”

Expungement can be defined as “…a court-ordered processing which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is “sealed or erased in the eyes of the law…” (1) This legal action could be the salvation for many with criminal background records.

Criminal records plague a large number of citizens from all walks of life and in all parts of the country. Having a criminal record greatly impedes an individual’s ability to gain viable employment.

From the (Feb. 28, 15):

“The share of American men with criminal records — particularly black men — grew rapidly in recent decades as the government pursued aggressive law enforcement strategies, especially against drug crimes. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, those men are having particular trouble finding work. Men with criminal records account for about 34 percent of all nonworking men ages 25 to 54, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News/Kaiser Family Foundation poll.” (2)

Across the United States various legislative bodies are attempting to create an easier path to expungement.

In Kansas the House is poised to pass expungement legislation.

From (Feb. 26, 15):

The Kansas House approved legislation Thursday that would allow people convicted in Kansas of driving under the influence an opportunity to clear the DUI from court records five years after completion of a sentence. (3)

Adam Almeida, President and CEO of states: “Expungement is not a simple process and success depends on the type of offense, how much time has passed, how many court-ordered programs have been completed among others. Working with a qualified third-party is critical in being successful.”

For more information on criminal record Expungement view 2009 press release found at:

In Bowling Green, Kentucky similar legislative action is being considered.

From (Feb. 05, 15):

Under the bill, anyone convicted of a Class D felony can petition the court to have the conviction expunged, with the exception of people with multiple felony convictions or those whose Class D convictions are for sexual offenses or offenses against children. (4)

For many criminal histories will continue to have an irrevocable effect of gaining employment. Ban-the-box legislation that restricts the question of a criminal history on an application and withholds when and how a criminal background check can be conducted will help some, but expungement may be the better answer.

Almeida states: “It is important to consider expungement especially in light of the conviction. While it can be challenging to get through, with multiple governmental agencies involved, it can be done and it must be done with a qualified third-party company. is a third-party background screening company that specializes in pre-employment background screening and can assist with expungement requests. Explore for more information regarding expungement and criminal records.







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