Anyone in Virginia who has ever been arrested for a crime knows how important it is to find ways to move forward and rebuild their lives in a positive way after such an experience. Having a criminal record eliminated, or expunged as it is called, is one thing that can help to facilitate this. The Center for American Progress has initiated a campaign called Clean Slate designed to provide for a better expungement process than many people currently experience.
Unfortunately, as reported by Slate, the effort underway by the Center for American Progress may produce only limited benefits. This is because it focuses only on the actual expungement of records from the original jurisdiction or law enforcement entity involved. It does not include efforts to manage the initial dissemination of arrest or conviction data. The problem with this approach is that criminal records can be and are often shared with multiple entities and end up in multiple places online.