Drummond: Time running out to clean up rap sheet under Prop. 47

Friday, July 24, 2015

One recent Saturday, a man walked into the UFCW Union Hall in Hayward for a "record clearance clinic." He had eight felonies on his rap sheet for crack possession and was seeking legal assistance to get them reduced to misdemeanors.

The stakes are high. As long as he has a felony record, he is automatically disqualified from many jobs regardless of his skills. He is banned from public housing. Many private landlords will refuse to rent to him. If he wants to go to college, he can't get a student loan. The list goes on and on.