Law: Fresh Start

A New Jersey statute lets ex-cons "expunge " their records

Among thousands of former New Jersey convicts, a new 18-page manual called Clearing the Record is must reading. Put together by two experts at a Camden legal clinic for the poor, it tells how a criminal slate can be wiped clean under a year-old state "expungement" law that is the most advanced of its kind in the nation. The statute offers no help to most repeat offenders and those guilty of serious crimes like robbery and rape; rather, it is aimed at people who have...

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