View Poll Results: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

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  • Yes upon release for all offenders

    3 5.26%
  • Yes upon release for non-violent offenders and never for violent offenders

    7 12.28%
  • Yes upon releases for non-violent offenders and a certain amount of time for violent offenses.

    2 3.51%
  • Yes after 1-5 years

    1 1.75%
  • Yes after 6-10 years

    3 5.26%
  • Yes after 11-15 years

    0 0%
  • Yes after 16-20 years

    0 0%
  • Yes after 21-30 years

    0 0%
  • Yes but time of record deletion should depend on offense.

    17 29.82%
  • Criminal records should never be erased.

    24 42.11%
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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    I think it should come down to a case by case basis, if someone is in jail for dealing ten pounds of cocaine, and then they get out of prison, I think that someday they should be able to get that off their record. If someone is convicted of a violent crime then I think it should stay on their record for much much longer, if forever.

    I understand that people make mistakes and people can be driven to do some pretty crazy stuff, but not everyone should be able to get it off their record someday.

    Maybe take it by a case by case basis, such as someone who are convicted of racketeering or dealing drugs should be able to get it off their record, but it should depend on the severity of the offense. While, as stated previously in this thread, if someone is convicted of murder, then it should never come off their record. It's a really difficult decision though.

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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    "If you can't do the time don't do the crime". Think about how your crime will follow you your entire life, then don't do it.

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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    All non-violent offenders should have it erased after 3 years. Violent offenders of things like one charge of assault or things like that should have it erased after 5 years. All other should should not have their records deleted.

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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served? When I say erased I mean someone could do a background check and nothing shows up.There is no record, nor is there anything saying you been convicted or served time behind bars.

    Yes upon release for all offenders
    Yes upon release for non-violent offenders and never for violent offenders
    Yes upon releases for non-violent offenders and a certain amount of time for violent offenses.
    Yes after 1-5 years
    Yes after 6-10 years
    Yes after 11-15 years
    Yes after 16-20 years
    Yes after 21-30 years
    Yes but time of record deletion should depend on offense.
    Criminal records should never be erased.


    I been thinking about this subject for a few days for a while now.If we can trust a former criminal to be in the general public,then shouldn't we erase that person's criminal so that he or she may not be impaired in getting a job or anything else someone may perform a background check for?
    No. I have the right as an employer to make an informed decision on who I'm hiring and any potential damage they may bring to my business as exemplified by past bad judgment.

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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    No. I have the right as an employer to make an informed decision on who I'm hiring and any potential damage they may bring to my business as exemplified by past bad judgment.
    Will you investigate circumstances so that you can make a truly informed decision, or will you take the knee-jerk narrow-minded easy way out and reject based simply on inclusion on the list?
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    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    i think we should probably offer having a record expunged for at least a decade of no criminal activity. that gives released offenders motivation to go straight. this could be done for the less heinous crimes.

    the way it stands now, if you get popped for some non-violent crime when you're young, every future employer is going to know about it. that's stupid policy, and it probably creates more criminals than it prevents.

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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i think we should probably offer having a record expunged for at least a decade of no criminal activity. that gives released offenders motivation to go straight. this could be done for the less heinous crimes.

    the way it stands now, if you get popped for some non-violent crime when you're young, every future employer is going to know about it. that's stupid policy, and it probably creates more criminals than it prevents.
    Problem is, there are people who have had certain records expunged, and prospective employers were still able to find them. Without much real difficulty, too. If we did this, and I'm not automatically opposed to it, we'd have to tighten up what 'expunged' really is and means.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i think we should probably offer having a record expunged for at least a decade of no criminal activity. that gives released offenders motivation to go straight. this could be done for the less heinous crimes.

    the way it stands now, if you get popped for some non-violent crime when you're young, every future employer is going to know about it. that's stupid policy, and it probably creates more criminals than it prevents.
    Yeah I think making excuses for criminal behavior and enabling it by covering it is a more stupid policy. Thieves will steal again and people who hit people will hit again.

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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Will you investigate circumstances so that you can make a truly informed decision, or will you take the knee-jerk narrow-minded easy way out and reject based simply on inclusion on the list?
    I guess if I'm hard up for applicants, sure, I guess I'd take the time to look into it if everything else about their qualifications are fine. But compared to an applicant with the same qualifications without the criminal record? Pretty much a no-brainer.

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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    I voted for #2.


    Btw - there are people that get criminal records without having to spent any time in jail or have any 'sentence' to serve.

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