Prosecutors: Expungement law has good, bad sides

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana law allowing some criminals to have their records expunged is drawing mixed reviews.

The goal of the measure that took effect last year is to improve nonviolent offenders’ chances of getting a job by shielding felony convictions from an employer’s background check. Hundreds of offenders across the state have applied for expungement.

Supporters say the law gives offenders a second chance. But some judges and attorneys say parts of the law don’t make sense and argue the process can demean the justice system.

Morgan Superior Court Judge G. Thomas Gray tells The Herald-Times he dislikes the expungement process and objects to a provision that prohibits judges from considering victims’ statements. He says that provision and one that keeps the hearings confidential are an oxymoron. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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