Stanford Study Shows Increase of $6,190 Following 1st Year of Expungement

Stanford Study Shows Increase of $6,190 Following 1st Year of Expungement

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“The people that followed through with expungement had an increased income of $6190 in just the first year.”

A recent Stanford University study blew the lid off of the little known process of “expungement”. It’s no secret that criminals often have a hard time breaking the crime cycle once they are in the system. But why? The main factor is that most of them have a very difficult time getting a job due to their criminal record.

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Without a job and without money the majority of people fall back into old habits so they can support themselves and their family. Unfortunately this often leads to a never ending cycle of court appearances, fines, and unemployment.

Stanford University looked at 198 people with criminal records that followed through with the expungement process. What they found was pretty amazing.

The people that followed through with expungement had an increased income of $6190 in just the first year. Increased income means increased tax revenue for the government. This results in less money needed for government assistance for these people.

People that once had a criminal record are now able to hold a job, provide for their families, and most importantly reduce their chances of committing more crimes. Expungement gives you the second chance you have been waiting for allowing you to live a life free of the judicial system.

The full study can be found here:

https://publicpolicy.stanford.edu/publications/cost-benefit-analysis-criminal-record-expungement-santa-clara-county

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