Get Marty: Staggering Number Of People Incorrectly Labeled As Felons

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A staggering number of Americans have arrest records and can’t figure out how to clear them.

“I never knew for 30 years I was a felon,” says Kenneth.

“I went for a job and they let me know they could not hire me because I had a felony on my record,” says Joanne.

Kenneth and Joanne both had cases against them dismissed, and both thought they had no criminal record.

Joanne took her case to Allegheny County. She was told there was a mistake in the transfer of data years ago.

“There’s so many people that probably have a criminal record that don’t know. I really don’t believe it was malicious. Allegheny County should have fixed this,” she said.

County officials admit there are errors in the data transfer. They don’t know how many. They advise people who have been arrested to check their criminal history. They also say the data errors are rare.

KDKA was able to get an attorney to start the process of getting Kenneth and Joanne’s records expunged or sealed.

Attorneys recommend all citizens with prior arrests do the same.

If you’d like Marty to help you solve your problem, email him at GetMarty@kdka.com.

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One Comment

  1. David Colton says:

    Of course the attorney’s “recommend” you do this. BUT..It cost MONEY. Why should you (or I,) incur debt to get ourselves out of a problem NOT our making (or fault?)
    I’m retired, on a strict lower income from when I was working. IF this would happen to me, I would not have the “spare cash” to deal with it, and should not have to if it wasn’t my fault.
    Attorney’s..love to hate them.

  2. Ron Rozycki says:

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