It should not be a factor at all and it should be public knowledge with zero-shame attached.
Maybe in a perfect world it wouldn't be a factor and there would be zero shame attached. But the reality is when an employer has a few applicants and one has a misdemeanor or god forbid, a felony, they get tossed right in the trash
True and your OP stated your opinion on what "should" be, so I thought I would share may own. I prefer open information to closed. It "should" be open and unjudged. Not closed, and I don't like the idea of keeping it exclusive to potential employers, it should be open to anyone. That's my opinion anyways
Just because I killed a guy that ONE TIME, does not mean I can't serve coffee and doughnuts to other humans.
Though I do think that there should be certain precautions. Maybe if you go a year or two without repeating the crime, it should disappear from your record except to relevant employers. In a perfect world, people would be more open-minded about those convicted of crime, but I reckon that in a perfect world, most people wouldn't be committing most of the crimes I'm thinking of.
You can get some things expunged from your record, however to do it costs a lot of money, so when a poorer individual can't find a job due to their record, where will they find the money to do that?
Probably doing more illegal things
Yeah that's why I meant for everyone for free
That's an intriguing idea. Of course, such a things should exclude more serious crimes (probably most/all felonies and maybe some misdemeanors).
I think non-violent crimes should definitely be expunged by default.
And relevant as in jobs in security, or the government.
No, anyone who might want to date you ought to have access to those records.
If you have a criminal record, you need to always deal with the consequences if your actions. If you were wrongly convicted, get the record expunged.
How does one do that?!
Go to the courthouse and ask nicely.
I'm a black male.
Does that mean you can't ask nicely?
It means I can do anything and instantly get arrested lol
Don't you think the person already dealt with the consequences when they paid the fine or went to jail?
Then you go on a date with some person and they steal all your stuff because you didn't know they were convicted of burglary multiple times...