Fresh start blocked by court error

  • Article by: LORA PABST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 27, 2010 - 9:16 AM

Kyle Lewis' juvenile criminal record should have been sealed from public view. Instead, it hurt his job search.

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eicc11Sep. 24, 1010:22 PM

The MNCIS (Minnesota Court Information System) continues to be very very problematic. Every time they update/upgrade the system software something like this happens. John Kostouros is trying to downplay this incident - the problem of records showing up online that should be private has been going on since the creation of the MNCIS Public Access (MPA) system. MNCIS is SO problematic I think some kind of investigation should be done - it's costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and continues to be buggy. Tyler Technologies (the creator of this software) is making hundreds of thousands of dollars off Minnesota taxpayers with this bug-riddled system and the public needs to know about it.

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b4igonSep. 24, 1010:43 PM

once your in the system you're never going to get out. The cops used make up reasons to stop you on the street, now with the way laws are being written they don't need a reason. These people that are in charge of records that are supposed to be kept secret should be charged with a crime every time some thing is left out same way they word 1 offence too make it look like an individual is the worst person in the world, but kid only took a pack of gum. It's not a simple mistake it cost people there lives.

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b4igonSep. 24, 1010:45 PM

THE LAW IS THE LAW! except when it come to the people that work on the law side.

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thatsmeSep. 24, 1011:23 PM

It may be the state law to seal your juvee record but the good book says "be sure your sin will find you out". You can feel bad for the guy but if you want everyone to get the most benefit from the states mistake, tell kids not to count on getting a do-over from their misdeeds. Your actions have a funny way of following you, don't they?

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gtfourmnSep. 25, 10 1:29 AM

Mr. Lewis should have handled this matter in private instead of making a scene. BTW, just because the record is seal, does not conceal who you really are.

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mgresistSep. 25, 10 1:57 AM

There is little due diligence on the part of records administrators, despite the significance of the information they are handling. It is not at all unusual that criminal records of one person end up attached to another person with a similar name. The issue is so common that there is a note posted about it on the public computers at the Hennepin County Government Center.

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biglundoSep. 25, 10 5:47 AM

we are slipping into a police state in this country.

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askyrdadSep. 25, 10 7:33 AM

An aggrevated robbery conviction as a juvenile did not prevent him from being hired in a financial institution. Now, if he were to have been caught trying to sneak into a bar with a fake ID at age 20... he could never work in a bank.

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dahutysSep. 25, 10 9:07 AM

Making juvenile records public does not just apply to armed robbers. It applies to YOU and your family, too. If your 15-year-old daughter gets caught shoplifting, employers will label her a thief for the rest of her life. I know a devoutly Catholic couple whose 17-year-old son was caught smoking a joint while he drove. Heck, I know a baby boomer who had a job offer retracted because the employer discovered he had an underage drinking conviction from the late 1960s. There are plenty of middle-class families with a kid who's "a good boy who just made one bad decision". When employers get dozens of applications, they'll throw out candidates with minor convictions just as quickly as they throw out the armed robbers. Far too many people say that's good when it's someone else's kids, but then complain that's unfair when it comes to their own.

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gourmetboySep. 25, 10 9:15 AM

Yup. But I think armed robbery qualifies, too.

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