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?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Funny, I don't know anyone who has one. It clearly isn't that easy.
    If a complete list were dropped on your desk right now, I bet you'd be surprised.
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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Lucky you.
    No, not lucky me, lucky lots of people. I bet there are tons of people out there who have never, and don't know anyone who has ever seen the inside of a police station.

    Ah yes, personal experience -- the DP gold standard.[/QUOTE]

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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
    If a complete list were dropped on your desk right now, I bet you'd be surprised.
    Bet I wouldn't. But then again, I haven't had so much as a speeding ticket in the last 25 years.
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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?
    Yes for non-violent crimes.

    I'm not comfortable about violent crimes being erased.
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    Re: Should criminal records of adults be erased after their sentence has been served?

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Lucky you.



    Ah yes, personal experience -- the DP gold standard.
    The figures of those in the US who have criminal records ranges from 45 million (Daily KOS) to 65 million (National Employment Law Project) among those with a political stake in the numbers.

    There are 310 million citizens in our country. It's easy to see that even using the high and perhaps inflated number, the vast majority of Americans have no criminal record. Also easy to see how Cephus could not know anyone who has one.

    I don't have a criminal record, heck, never had so much as a speeding ticket and I drove around with long hair and a full beard when those things were not acceptable - IOW, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

    Here's a hint - don't do the crime in the first place.

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

    Criminal records should be based on tangible damages to society. Criminals convicted or violent crimes or felonies with high impact should have permanent records.

    People arrested for petty crimes, small drug possession, etc. should have an expiry date on their records. Of course, it would make a lot more sense if we consolidated our legal system to eliminate the bloated and unnecessary laws on the books. That, combined with the Patriot Act, means a person could be arrested for practically anything. Our government is becoming truly oppressive.

    There are those who cannot even enter the United States because they were convicted of possessing a small amount of cannabis 25 years ago. That's just ridiculous.

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

    In reality, employment applications are pretty much broilerplate, have been for quite some time. They've always included the question, "Have you ever been convicted of a felony" followed by a blank space titled, "If so, please explain:". If you were arrested for possession of pot in a state that considers/considered that a felony, the applicant can explain that. Most businesses I've seen will evaluate the explanation and decide if your felony is germaine to their business and if it is behind you.

    I know quite a few people working for tech giants that had non-violent felonies disclosed at application time. Obviously they got the job anyway.

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

    Keeping criminal records on the majority of criminals only ensures that they will remain criminals.

    An alternative, would be to keep an in house record, meaning that employment background checks wouldn't be able to see but should the perp be a repeat offender than this will be viewable by the police and court.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    No, not lucky me, lucky lots of people. I bet there are tons of people out there who have never, and don't know anyone who has ever seen the inside of a police station.
    You are very, very wrong.

    The United States represents roughly 5% of the population of Earth, and yet of all the people in prison around the world, 25% of them are here. The sum total of everyone here in the states who is in prison, on parole or on probation works out to roughly 3% of the population. Roughly one in three Americans have been arrested by age 23.

    In Search of a Job: Criminal Records as Barriers to Employment | National Institute of Justice
    Criminal Justice Fact Sheet | NAACP
    The Prison Crisis | American Civil Liberties Union
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...rceration_rate

    You're welcome to take shots at my sources, if you can either prove them untrue or find better sources. If you take shots at my sources just because you don't like them, I will laugh at you and then forget you said anything. Seeing as how the first source is a .gov, I wish you luck.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I prove you wrong and you try to diminish that. No surprise there.
    You didn't prove anything. You invoked your own personal experience as if it were an authoritative source on what's going on across the country.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Bet I wouldn't. But then again, I haven't had so much as a speeding ticket in the last 25 years.
    I've never received a ticket. Ever. I'm not naive enough to believe that reflects the experiences of others in any way.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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