July 9, 2020 – District 27 District Attorney Jack Thorp spoke with the Tahlequah Daily Press about expungement – a legal process that effectively removes records of arrests or convictions from qualifying suspects and defendants.

In the article, Thorp said, “It’s all in the interest of justice,” and often used to clear the record of truly innocent people who were wrongly implicated in a crime.

Thorp said in the majority of cases, prosecutors agree to expunging the individual’s record, and that it still has to go through a process to be formally approved.

“It has to go to the [Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation], it has to go through the courts, and once that happens, it’s received by an entity that then can do a dismissal of an individual’s [National Crime Information Center] report or an OSBI report,” Thorp explained.

Read more on the Tahlequah Daily Press website.