Minnesota

Restoration of Rights Project – Minnesota Profile

Guide to restoration of rights, pardon, sealing & expungement following a Minnesota criminal conviction

Juvenile Records in Minnesota

2014 Report by the Council on Crime and Justice

Chained to the Past: An Overview of Criminal Expungement Law in Minnesota —State v. Schultz

Geffen, Jon and Letze, Stefanie, 31 William Mitchell Law Review Iss. 4 (2004-05) (partially superseded; check Minnesota profile, above, for later caselaw and statutory enactments)

 


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