Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
-- what if your suspected of having done something wrong authorities.
Are investigating you you're utterly cleared.
But does that damage your life and in terms of employment.
Really hurt your chances of getting the job Jonathan Serrie joins us live from our Atlanta bureau hi gentlemen.
Hi Greg -- human torches simply being investigated.
For a crime even if you're cleared of any wrongdoing can become.
Eight permanent legal scarlet letter put new legislation awaiting the governor's signature.
Could change all that.
-- -- -- For thirteen years Teresa has -- under the shadow of a child abuse investigation even though police cleared her of any wrongdoing.
The welts and bruises on her daughter's body turned out to be an allergic reaction to antibiotics.
But the investigation showed up on criminal background checks.
Restricting your access to jobs housing even her daughter's school.
Agnes happen Powell hated and they don't -- -- of time me.
Hourly pay to get a clean areas if I wanted to participate in certain -- TV -- just last year Teresa remove the investigation from republic -- with the help of this attorney from the Georgia justice project.
But the advocacy groups has many others face the same dilemma.
Because Georgia gives prosecutor's discretion on whether to restrict records of an arrest or investigation.
Even if there's no conviction they're the ones who often prosecute the cases they're the ones who often lose the -- -- And then they get to decide whether or not.
It comes off your record -- didn't you won't be alive in the United States we are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
But when he comes.
To seeking employment.
That presumption goes away -- -- -- Republican Jane Neal sponsored legislation in the Georgia house that would keep records to dismiss charges out of the routine background checks of employers and landlords.
But the proposal raises some concerns among open government advocates.
Let's say district attorney after his or her investigation decides not to go forward with -- Prosecution at all records essentially go away and disappear we have no idea as the public whether or not that was a good decision a bad decision.
Or -- -- -- the DA was doing her his job.
-- last night the state senate unanimously passed a modified.
Version of this proposed legislate from the modification.
Is -- district attorneys and other prosecutors would still have full discretion over whether to allow the feeling of records connected to cases.
Prior to July of 2013 the significance of that -- Is that's when the law would go into effect if it's signed by the governor which everyone expects that it will be.
Obviously not everyone is happy with that and so you're obviously going to see the interested parties attempting to tweak this legislation.
During the interim either through the courts or during next year's legislative session -- -- Serrie live in Atlanta Jonathan.
Thanks for him.
Filter by section