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Thousands erasing convictions due to murky law

Jason Riley and Kay Stewart of The (Louisville) Courier-Journal used Kentucky court records to show that "thousands of Kentuckians are erasing their arrests and convictions every year by taking advantage of expungement laws that make it cheap and easy to bury their past mistakes." Variances in the process and the lack of a tracking systems for expungements help to hide repeat offenders and create unequal justice. "In the past two years, more than 12,000 criminal cases have been wiped off the state's books as if they never existed," while neighboring Indiana makes it more difficult to have a case expunged from the record.

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