If there is one truth in life that we all know—sometimes too well—it’s that people will make mistakes. And mistakes can have serious, unforeseen effects. In the legal world, those repercussions are often called “collateral consequences.”
In the 2014 and 2015 Louisiana Legislative Sessions, the legislature revised the Louisiana Expungement Law so that, having paid their debts to society, people with Louisiana criminal records may finally get some relief from the collateral consequences of criminal arrests and convictions.
Louisiana Expungement Law Revised: A Good “First Step” for Thousands of Residents with Louisiana Criminal RecordsOctober 31, 2015 | Category: Articles
Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate of any state in the country—which, some would argue, makes it among the highest in the world. A recent U. S. Department of Justice study revealed that, even with last year’s 2% decline in incarceration rates, Louisiana remains far-and-away the state leader in per capita prison population.
Even Federal Courts are Beginning to Recognize the Need for a Workable Expungement Process--This is Big NewsOctober 31, 2015 | Category: Articles
In a unique move, a federal judge has ordered the expungement of a valid criminal record of conviction--because it was the right thing to do. Normally, federal criminal records are not subject to expungement. In the rare cases that a federal record has been expunged, it has related to prosecutorial misconduct or outright innocence.