Requests for expunged record jump in tight economy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Requests for expunged record jump in tight economy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An increasing number of people in Tennessee are requesting that their criminal records be cleared.

As jobs became scarce and employers got pickier, the number of requests for records to be expunged jumped 71% statewide since 2007, according to The Tennessean.

Criminal convictions cannot be expunged, but records can be cleared of charges for which a person was not convicted and cases in which a person was granted judicial diversion.

Tommy Bradley, chief administrative officer for the Davidson County Criminal Court clerk's office, said requests have become common over the past few years, and the common thread is that callers say they can't get a job with an old charge on their record.

Information from: The Tennessean.

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