12:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

In Kentucky the Path to Restoring Voting Rights to Felons Makes a Detour

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FRANKFORT — As a child, Teddi Smith-Robillard suffered trauma that haunted and shaped her early years—to the point that she ended up a convicted felon, she said.

“I lived in hell, in my mind," she said. 

Now 74, she can reflect on a life of overcoming many obstacles—including regaining the right to vote in Kentucky, which she needed extraordinary measures to achieve.

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5:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Kentucky House Committee OKs Felon Expungement Bill

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A bill that would remove certain non-violent felonies from criminal records has cleared a Kentucky House committee.

Filed by Louisville Rep. Darryl Owens, the bill would expunge charges after five years, as long as they don't lead to a federal criminal indictment. The bill cleared the House Judiciary Committee by a 18 to 8 vote largely along party lines. Only one Republican joined the committee's Democrats in support of the bill.

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Thomas Hill testified in support of the measure.

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1:56 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

New Indiana Laws on Vaccinations, Criminal Records Take Effect Today

New laws taking effect today  in Indiana allow pharmacists to offer more immunizations and let people convicted of most felonies and misdemeanors to petition to have their record expunged if they haven't re-offended in several years.

The new immunization law allows pharmacists to inoculate against pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, HPV infections, and meningitis. It also lowers the age limit of those receiving vaccines from pharmacists to 11.

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