Expungement law could help ex-offenders find jobs


A new Indiana law that allows some criminal records to be expunged from public background checks could open up job opportunities for thousands of rehabilitated ex-offenders. 

The law takes effect July 1 and marks the first time Indiana has allowed crimes such as drunken driving and drug dealing to be erased by the courts. The Herald Bulletin reports the goal is to remove the crimes from public background-check engines used by employers so that the offense doesn't prevent a rehabilitated ex-offender from finding a job. 

Police officers would still be able to view the person's criminal record. 

Those petitioning the court to have their records expunged would have to show they've stayed out of trouble. Most of the crimes that could be expunged are nonviolent.

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