1 IN 3 AMERICANS HAVE AN FBI FILE
MORE PEOPLE HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS THAN EVER BEFORE
In some rather shocking news, 1 in 3 Americans now has a file in the FBI’s criminal database. These records, unless they are sealed or expunged, last for 110 years. Young people are the most impacted by a criminal record — it can impact their job prospects and credit. Importantly, the FBI database will contain a criminal record for a person even if their case was dismissed.
More and more people are arrested for minor crimes each year. High school students are arrested for conducting science experiments or for writing a story (a fictional story) about shooting a dinosaur. It’s clear that “zero tolerance” policies on crime lead to the arrest and creation of a permanent criminal record of children who should have never been arrested.
All these arrests result in permanent records, and those permanent records can have a lasting impact for when people try to buy homes, apply for college, or interview for jobs. Statistically only 10% of people arrested and convicted of a crime attend college, while 37% of people who have never been arrested attend college.
If you have been arrested and even convicted, it is possible to seal and possibly expunge this record. You can view our free guide to this process here. A criminal record doesn’t have to follow you for the rest of your life.