There was a story in the Oregonian Tuesday. It was about a man that had been convicted of dealing cocaine 22 years ago. He is still burdened by it today. The thing is he has lived a clean life for about 22 years.
He proposes that anyone with a class B felony that is nonviolent should have that offense wiped off their record after 20 years of clean living.
Do you agree or disagree?
offense is always punishable . but on the basis of dimension of offense , the punishment may be reduced not be suspended as it encourages offense. so i disagree with you.
I don't think they should be wiped out because some of the crimes classified as B felonies are manslaughter, aggravated sexual assault, arson which is usually worthy of the punishment given. And as mentioned, it also carries other offenses like robbery, drug possession with intent to sell/deliver. I do however believe that people are capable of change, so II feel should be case by case when surfaced. Selling drugs is not the smartest trade job but when we punish the dope dealer longer than the rapist, I ask what is the logic behind it? Drug users in most situations have CHOSEN their drug of choice so why make the dealer sit in jail for life or label, they typically don't force folks to buy.
I believe the word is “expunge”. In some cases I would agree that forgiveness could be the right thing to do.
I agree that certain offenses should be cleared after 20 years of no law violations.
So many people suffer from the mistakes of their past. Everything is out there. . . accessible to all to know mistakes that should be erased, forgiven instead of a black smudge that affects peoples employment opportunities, etc..
Viewing someone's criminal record and finding things on it from their past gives one a feeling of suspicion and often mistrust towards that person that committed the offense, even if it was years before.
The records should at least be sealed and only viewable by a Judge if the defendant comes before the Court on a similar charge. Employers should see a clean record if they are sealed, especially after 20 years.
I like this suggestion, especially for lesser offences.
Absolutely. That's a great suggestion Bytes!
Of course it should be based on the crime committed and if the person has changed/grown from it. Some States are far too aggressive to labeling minor offences as stiffer offences for political and monetary reasons.
Also, if a minor offence keeps people from the ability to gain employment.....then what choice would they have, but to return to crime???
Sometimes the criminal system creates more crime by the punishment rendered and especially how society reacts to a person who has any kind of record.
Most states do make some kind of provision for this. I'm not sure how Oregon law works; it's quite possible the man could have had his record expunged if he had petitioned the right office.
Yes, the potential of reducing a conviction based upon 'x' amount of years would be a good way to encourage the convicted people to lead a clean life.
Many crimes should be this way, but not all, such as violent crimes, rape, and Federal offenses.
Hamstringing someone with an offense that they must explain every time they apply for a new job does not entice a person to live clean and honestly. Instead, they may be forced into a desperate situation, and so, a desperate state of mind. One that may decide to steal, just to put food on the table.
It's one thing to take away the right to vote, but its another thing to make it almost impossible to feed oneself and family.
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