Erase criminal records for non violent ex-felons in ALL states
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Hi, I'm Richard R Woolfolk, a non violent ex-felon (drug offender) who has been on the right side of the law since my release in March of 2004. I was arrested in January of 2000 and convicted in April of 2001 for possessing and distributing 2 bags of heroin ($20 street value).
At the time of my arrest I was 20 years old. Young, dumb and selfish. I got myself into some trouble that would haunt me 18 years later. January 18, 2018 will make 18 years since I've been in any trouble.
After serving 3 years of a 5 year sentence in the New Jersey State Prison system I haven't looked back and never plan to. Inside the prison I successfully completed multiple drug programs, got my high school diploma and became a role model to some inmates who didn't believe in themselves.
Today I'm a responsible grown man. After my release I got my CDL (commercial driver's license) and in the beginning I had a very hard time finding employment because of my background. Now I have a career, I'm a home owner with a family and a very hard worker.
When Governor Jon Corzine was in office I filed 'executive clemency' paperwork with the New Jersey State Parole Board for a pardon. Unfortunately I was denied. I filed again in 2017 while Governor Chris Christe was in office. Once again I was denied.
Just like me, there are thousands of good people who are convicted felons all across this nation who made mistakes, dealt with the consequences, changed their lives and became law abiding citizens. We deserve to have our civil rights back. We need our names back.
Governor Chris Christie recently signed a bill that changed the expungement laws in New Jersey but that law will not allow drug offenders with 2nd degree drug felony convictions to have their records expunged.
New Jersey also has a law in place which allows criminals who complete "Drug Court" to have their records expunged. This law was not available to people like myself who were convicted in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. Allowing ex-cons with older criminal records to take "Drug Court" would be a great way to help those who are not eligible for an expungement.
Please sign a bill that gives men and women a chance to have their records cleared so that they can an opportunity to have a 2nd chance at life.
Richard R Woolfolk
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