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AUG 24, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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NC expanding rules for erasing criminal records

Last year, lawmakers of both political parties agreed to broadly expand the opportunity for adults to erase, or expunge, first-time nonviolent misdemeanor crimes or low-level felony convictions. The impact has been even greater since 2008, when the recession knocked workers out of jobs they'd held for years and forced them to look for new ones, Bowes said. "Because we live in an electronic age, more today than ever before, it's become a scarlet letter that you can't escape," said Bowes, an attorney for the North Carolina Justice Center. Hundreds of state and federal laws deny ... Read More

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