Path to clean slate not so easy

When one woman fills out a job application, she no longer has to check a box to say she has been convicted of a crime and then explain why she pulled a chunk of hair off the head of another woman more than a decade ago.

That incident occurred 16 years ago, but until recently the woman guilty of the crime was legally required to disclose it on a job application. But under new state guidelines that allow people to erase certain convictions, she doesn’t have to disclose that information anymore.

Since the guidelines went into effect in July, about 28 people have filed paperwork in Johnson County courts trying to get convictions removed from their record.

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