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dc.contributor.authorFox, Irinaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-26T20:21:22Z
dc.date.available2017-01-26T20:21:22Z
dc.date.issued2016en_US
dc.identifier.citationIrina Fox, Sealing and Destruction of Criminal Records for the Factually Innocent: A Second Chance for California Penal Code Section 851.8, 53 San Diego L. Rev. 369 (2016).en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/109179
dc.description.abstractIn 1975, the California legislature enacted Penal Code section 851, an expungement remedy, which today allows courts to seal and destroy a criminal record of a person who can prove his or her factual innocence. Expungement has been a hot topic throughout the United States, especially following the recent financial crisis that caused unemployment levels to spike drastically. In addition to excluding many individuals from the workforce, criminal records present multiple other problems, not only for those individuals, but society at large. Any criminal history can haunt a person for the rest of his or her life, creating a social stigma that prevents a person from reintegrating into society. Yet, criminal records serve valid and important public purposes, such as promoting more efficient law enforcement and protection of the public from recidivist offenders.en_US
dc.description.abstractBy enacting section 851.8 the California legislature sought to balance the interests of record preservation against the burden of a haunting criminal record. Unfortunately, the modern version of the statute falls short of accomplishing that balance, by imposing an onerous burden on individuals seeking a “second chance” but failing to provide the necessary tools to enable them to prove factual innocence. This article provides a comprehensive review of section 851.8 and proposes amendments to fairly balance societal interests in preserving criminal records with interests of factually innocent individuals in clearing their names. This article recommends a remedy for the current flaws of the statute by allowing factual innocence petitioners rights to some discovery, permitting anonymous filings for those arrested but never charged, and correcting the timing restriction inconsistency.en_US
dc.titleSealing and destruction of criminal records for the factually innocent: A second chance for California Penal Code Section 851.8en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright (c) 2016 Irina Foxen_US
dc.description.volume53en_US
dc.title.workSan Diego Law Reviewen_US
dc.description.pages369-425en_US
dc.subject.fastCriminal records--Expungementen_US
dc.subject.fastCaliforniaen_US
dc.url.fasthttp://id.worldcat.org/fast/1728232en_US
dc.url.fasthttp://id.worldcat.org/fast/1204928en_US
dc.date.year2016en_US
dc.date.monthMay-Juneen_US
dc.description.issue2en_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Lawen_US
dc.url.link3https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2811724en_US
dc.url.link1https://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/sanlr53&div=18&start_page=369&collection=journals&set_as_cursor=0&men_tab=srchresultsen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorFox, Irinaen_US
dc.identifier.ssrnhttp://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1481024en_US


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