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Minnesota court data often includes erroneous records for low-level, first-time offenders

Published 02/17/2012, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

First-time or low-level offenders in Minnesota often can catch a break by having criminal charges dismissed or reduced if they meet certain conditions. But in thousands of cases, the state's public court data system failed to register that change, an omission that could torpedo a person's chances of landing a job or housing, and a problem officials have spent months trying to resolve.

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