Shorter wait time for expungement in North Carolina
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In North Carolina, a person convicted of a nonviolent misdemeanor has to wait 15 years for the opportunity to expunge their record. The same as with a felony. Other states the wait time is 5 years for a misdemeanor and 10 for a felony. In South Carolina its 3-5 years for a misdemeanor. Most of the states in the United States wait times are around 5-10 years. Why should a person have to wait 15 years? A person could have did something stupid when they were young at 19 and ended up with a misdemeanor/felony. They would not be able to expunge it until they were 33 years old. Denied by jobs constantly throughout their life. Have a college degree they can't use to find a job because everywhere they go they are judged by their past even though they have changed and turned it all around.This law in my eyes goes against the US Constitution as cruel and unusual punishment.The due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bars the states from inflicting such punishment for state crimes, and most state constitutions also prohibit the infliction of cruel and unusual punishment.The Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) of the United States Constitution prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishment. Wouldn't making someone suffer for 15 years and be held back from opportunities to make their lives better for them and their families because of something that happened a long time ago be cruel and unusual punishment? That's not what America is about. That's not what North Carolina is about. We want to better our society. Rehabilitate and help people become better. Not throw them away. Please sign this petition to let our society know that we won't stand for this cruel punishment anymore. We want to better our society by giving people second chances. Everyone deserves a second change if it's not a violent crime.
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