Not good. 4.3 million people (nearly 40% of adults) have a Georgia criminal record. Despite the fact that Georgia has the highest rate of correctional control in the country, it has one of the most restrictive laws when it comes to expungement of past records. At least 41 states allow expungement of some convictions, but currently in Georgia, only arrests that did not lead to a conviction and certain misdemeanor convictions before someone turned 21 can be expunged. Everything else stays on your record forever in Georgia, creating lifetime barriers to employment, housing, higher education, and other opportunities. A conviction should NOT be a life sentence to poverty and unemployment.
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