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JOBS: New law could expand opportunities

June 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In a down economy, many individuals, surprised at finding themselves jobless, have great difficulty securing a new place of employment.

For those who have a criminal conviction, it is even more difficult.
It was with this in mind that Indiana House Enrolled Act 1482, effective July 1 of this year, was signed into law. Under this code, individuals may now have criminal convictions removed from their record.

This provision is possible for all misdemeanor convictions and most felonies, with violent and sexual offenses excluded.

For years, Indiana has allowed certain arrests and juvenile records to be expunged. This expansion to convictions is expected to help those searching for a new life after incarceration.

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