Some see troubles with Indiana’s 2nd-chance law
Associated Press August 24, 2012 2:28PM
Updated: August 24, 2012 11:46PM
INDIANAPOLIS — County clerks and businesses involved in doing criminal background checks for private employers say changes need to be made an Indiana law designed to give people a chance to have old low-level criminal conviction records sealed by a judge.
The law allows thousands of Indiana residents to ask a judge to seal information about those convictions from employers and others. But The Journal Gazette reports that county clerks told the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee in Indianapolis on Thursday that they don’t have the staff to comply with the law. Commercial criminal history providers said parts of the law could be illegal.
Staff attorneys for the committee were directed to look into legal questions and how other states are handling similar issues.