Juvenile Injustice: Why Expungement Matters

Should the skirmishes and indiscretions of childhood determine your education and employment prospects for the rest of your life? This is the question the Massachusetts legislature will return to discuss when it resumes its session in 2017. As of the end of the 2016 legislative session – which was July 31, 2016 – a slate of bills1, 2 aimed at promoting restorative justice within the Massachusetts criminal justice system remained in committee. One important aspect of this discussion about justice reform is the debate over the expungement of juvenile records.

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