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Criminal Records Create a Second-Class Citizenry: Changing the Way Adult Convictions are Vacated in Washington State


Dash DeJarnatt


Seattle University School of Law

March 28, 2013

Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
This article principally focuses on the ability of a convicted person to remove or “vacate” his adult criminal records from non-Court entities in Washington State. Ultimately, Washington should remove the limit currently prohibiting a record holder from vacating more than one misdemeanor in his or her lifetime. A convicted person in Washington State is theoretically allowed to vacate an unlimited number of felonies in his or her lifetime. In contrast, he or she may not vacate a misdemeanor if any other conviction, misdemeanor or felony, has been vacated in his or her lifetime. I will posit that, for the purposes of vacating criminal records in Washington, at minimum, misdemeanors should generally be treated the same as felonies by allowing a convicted person to theoretically be able to vacate an unlimited number of misdemeanors. Employment, housing, and public safety factors, among others, tend to favor this prescription.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Keywords: vacate, expunge, seal, Washington, criminal records, collateral consequences

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Date posted: October 22, 2013  

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DeJarnatt, Dash, Criminal Records Create a Second-Class Citizenry: Changing the Way Adult Convictions are Vacated in Washington State (March 28, 2013). Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2342791 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2342791

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Dash DeJarnatt (Contact Author)
Seattle University School of Law ( email )
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States
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