The American Bar Association is hosting a Webinar Debunking the Myths: Public Accessibility of Juvenile Delinquency Records on Monday, March 17, 2014, from 1-2:30 p.m. ET. “This webinar addresses the common misconception that juvenile arrest and delinquency records are inaccessible to the public, erased when the juvenile exits the system, and are thus harmless. Indeed, just the opposite is true. Records of juvenile court involvement may have many negative consequences, including limiting a juvenile’s ability to enroll in higher education, enlist in the military, or obtain employment. Although many states provide mechanisms for sealing or expunging juvenile records, this remedy is only effective if records are truly destroyed and no longer accessible, which is increasingly difficult given digital means of record-keeping. Moreover, the problem is exacerbated by for-profit companies purchasing and further disseminating these records.”
For information on the confidentiality of juvenile court records in Indiana, see http://beforeyouplea.com, and click on the Indiana chapter.