Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The Records Project: Volunteer Attorneys Can Remove Barriers to Reentry

December 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Jacob Kuykendall

An 18-year-old is convicted of shoplifting in 1991 and now can’t rent an apartment because a private background check says he is a risky tenant. He ends up living on the street.

An adult agrees to a plea deal where his misdemeanor conviction will be dismissed if he follows the court’s instructions. He does so, the conviction is dismissed, and then 10 years later he is turned down for a lateral position at his current employer because the dismissed case still appears on his record. Later, the hiring manager calls and says he was the top candidate, but under company...

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