please help to change expungement laws
Posted in the Virginia Forum
#1 Nov 16, 2012
I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People,a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov , and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 25,000 signatures by December 15, 2012,the White House will review it and respond!
We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.
You can view and sign the petition here:
Here's some more information about this petition:
Overturn Virginia State Law in regards to the expungement or
sealing of criminal records.
PLEASE HELP TO OVERTURN THE VIRGINIA EXPUNGEMENT LAW.
Virgina State Law currently does not allow the expunging or sealing of criminal records. This law does not allow for rehabilitation in any way and makes it difficult for anyone that has ever committed a non-violent crime to find employment. This
is the only state that dictates that criminal records cannot be sealed. A statute of limitations should at least be placed on crimes of a non-violent nature for employers seeking background information on potential employees.
#2 Jan 17, 2014
Too bad I didn't see this earlier. I agree. I wish there was something we could do to change this. My misdemeanor is from 1999 and it still holds me back to some degree.
#3 Nov 1, 2014
I came across this forum while researching the necessary steps to change laws in Virginia. I too would like to see reform within the State of Virginia.
I recently was offered a great job in Virginia Beach, but when they did the background check they saw everything I had been charged with. One of the charges was a felony that was dropped to a misdemeanor in a guilty plea that my legal council advised me to take. Needless to say, they chose not to move forward with hiring me after their legal council advised them not to do so. The conviction was more than six years ago and occurred when I was 19 years old. I have attained two college degrees and been free of any other criminal charges or convictions since this incident, but none of that really matters when an employer can see a blemished record.
Do any of you know of any organizations to get involved in to bring about reform with Virginia's expungement law? I am two years too late for this forum, but would love to get in to touch with other people in my situation that want to bring about change. I personally feel that having something stick on your record, depending on the crime, is a a cruel an unusual punishment and therefore against the 8th amendment of the constitution. Furthermore, I believe in the words of the declaration of independence and feel that with such strict expungement laws in Virginia my unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS are restricted.
#4 May 5, 2015
I wish I saw this earlier, I would definitely add my name. A statue of limitations should at least be considered for non violent crimes.
This system only perpetuates criminals remaining criminals. If you can't get into good/luxury apartments, condos, or communities you're stuck in bad neighborhoods. If you can't get an employer to understand a conviction you can't afford the good housing you're not allowed into anyway!
It's a sick cycle for the people of VA.
#5 May 5, 2015
I am looking now on WhiteHouse.gov , if there is not another similar petition I will start one. My nonviolent / not drug related misdemeanor from VA is holding me back. We should also consider reaching out to VA senators and representatives.
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