Society can't expect people to do their time and integrate back if it never gives them a chance. The lifetime branding of "felon" is one of the biggest issues in recidivism and creating career criminals.
Now, even tiny mom-and-pop businesses can do a nationwide background check online. At a very low cost.
A conviction these days, even for a misdemeanor, can kill your job prospects for life.
When the question on a job application asking if you'd been convicted of a crime was banned, employers discriminated based on race - using this as a proxy to guess which job applicants had a criminal background.
This study found that people with a felony conviction and a "rehabilitation certificate" were just as likely to get a call back for a job interview as people with no conviction at all. This suggests that employers are willing to give people a second chance if their risk in doing so is (perceived to be) low.
1) Criminal records are digital and searchable online now. Hard to expunge the internet.
2) Employers in the U.S. now ask "have you ever been convicted of a crime greater than a minor traffic violation or ever had any records expunged?'
- As long as employers can ask question #2, the purpose of expunging records/your idea are rendered useless.
I'd rather disclose on the job application than continually dread my secret being found out.
If it's a problem for the company or hiring staff, I wouldn't want to work there, because I probably wouldn't be happy there.
If that's still relevant, shouldn't they stay in prison until they're completely rehabilitated?
A bunch of laws designed to keep non-whites in second class jobs, housing, and away from ballot boxes would suddenly be neutered.
Seriously though, this should happen.
We should also change the laws around sex crimes so public urination doesn’t put you on a list next to Jared and teens sending nude pics of themselves aren’t child pornographers.
Prison records should never be hidden. Let those in charge of the decision weigh the pros and cons.