Colleen Chien and Sarah Lageson talk about their research into the modern trials and tribulations of expungement, sealing and criminal records.
ABA Journal: Legal Rebels
Colleen Chien is a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law where she teaches, mentors students and conducts...
Sarah Lageson is an assistant professor at Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. She received her PhD in sociology...
Jason is the founder and director of Justice Codes and the criminal justice technology consultant at the Research and...
In the United States, an estimated 70 million people have a criminal record. Being tagged with this scarlet letter can affect a person’s ability to find employment, housing and even potential relationships. Meanwhile, the expansion of freedom of information laws and the internet has changed how criminal records are used and who has access to them. These changes raise questions around the purpose of criminal records and the limits of legal remedies like expungement and sealing. To make better sense of these issues, Colleen Chien, a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, and Sarah Lageson, an assistant professor at Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, came together and talked to ABA Journal Legal Affairs Writer Jason Tashea about their research into the modern trials and tribulations of expungement, sealing and criminal records.
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