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VACATING CONVICTIONS: The Efficacy of One Form of Relief from the Consequences of Conviction

Spring 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 3

*Author: Emily Tenenbom, University of Washington

This piece is an in-depth exploration of the implications of Washington State’s vacate statute, which allows ex-offenders to retroactively state that they were not convicted of that crime should they meet particular conditions. Despite exhaustive sociological work and legal scholarship investigating the various “collateral consequences” of criminal convictions, few in academia have pursued an in-depth analysis of the efficacy of existing legal modes of relief. This study is significant in that it closely examines a specific and widely-utilized legal remedy; it seeks to answer whether, and in what ways, vacating a conviction in Washington State operates as an effective post-conviction mode of relief from the stigma associated with a criminal conviction.The results of this study indicate that the mitigating impact of vacating on the stigma of conviction is often temporary and is inconsistent at best, its potential inhibited in large part by the increasing presence of material criminal records.However, according to qualitative data from ten respondents, vacating is worthwhile in that it can increase self-confidence and communicate positive self-understandings to individuals who have been perpetually misrepresented and stigmatized.

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