Sometimes even after having their criminal records expunged, our clients find that those past mistakes can unexpectedly appear on background checks. How is this possible, and what can be done about it?
We talked with Sharon Dietrich of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. She has been involved in litigation and advocacy to make sure expunged records do not keep returning from the grave. She wrote an advocacy story about her work earlier this year: Preventing Background Screeners from Reporting Expunged Criminal Cases.
More from Sharon Dietrich:
- Sharon M. Dietrich, When "Your Permanent Record" Is a Permanent Barrier: Helping Legal Aid Clients Reduce the Stigma of Criminal Records, 41 Clearinghouse Review 139 (July-Aug. 2007).
- Sharon M. Dietrich & Noah Zatz, A Practical Legal Services Approach to Addressing Racial Discrimination in Employment, 36 Clearinghouse Review 39 (May-June 2002).
- Sharon M. Dietrich, Serving Working Clients: The Perspective of a Legal Services Field Program, 34 Clearinghouse Review 611 (Jan.-Feb. 2001).
- Sharon M. Dietrich, Catherine Ruckelshaus, Jim Williams, Rich McHugh, Rachel Paster, & Michele Palter, An Employment Law Agenda: A Road Map for Legal Services Advocates, 33 Clearinghouse Review 541 (Jan.-Feb. 2000).
- Sharon M. Dietrich, Irv Ackelsberg, Deborah L. Freedman, Louise E. Hayes, & Richard P. Weishaupt, Welfare Advocacy: Tactics for a New Era, 31 Clearinghouse Review 419 (Jan.-Feb. 1998).
- Sharon M. Dietrich, Maurice Emsellem, & Karen Kithan Yau, Welfare Reforming the Workplace: Protecting the Employment Rights of Welfare Recipients, Immigrants, and Displaced Workers, 30 Clearinghouse Review 903 (Jan.-Feb. 1997).
- Sharon M. Dietrich, Maurice Emsellem, & Sue McNeil, Violence and the Workplace: Exploring Employee Rights and Remedies, 28 Clearinghouse Review (1994).