News

NY top judge backs clearing some criminal records

NY top judge backs clearing some criminal records

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s top judge wants to clear old misdemeanors from court records of people who don’t get re-arrested for seven years.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman says research shows the risk of committing new offenses drops steadily with time, and individuals after 10 years without trouble are no more likely than anyone else to get arrested.

However, Lippman says the stigma from a criminal record lingers in employment, professional licensing and government benefits.

He wants state lamwakers to approve clearing those old records of low-level crimes, except sex offenses, public corruption and drunken driving.

Court administrators on April 1 plan to stop disclosing 10-year-old misdemeanors to screening companies seeking background information about individuals with no other convictions and no re-arrests.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Ithaca developer seeks tax abatement for Carey Building upgrade

Local_News41-620x400

Frost Travis says the project is “barely feasible” without a tax abatement.

in Local

Astorino calls Cuomo ‘dishonest’ after Times story

cuomo_astorino

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino says an expose of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's role in a post-Superstorm Sandy inquiry shows his rival lacks integrity.

in Local

NY Democrats get letter pressuring them to vote

vote

New York's Democratic Party is writing to registered Democrats telling them that unnamed organizations are monitoring their neighborhood's election turnout and that the party will want an explanation if they do not cast a ballot.

in Sports, Viral Videos

Nike hype video welcomes LeBron back to Cleveland

14-overlay4

The video huddles the whole city as "The King" returns home.

in National

Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, dead at 71

menino

The longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, has died.