There is a bipartisan movement under way across the country to clean old criminal records. Last year lawmakers from both parties in Pennsylvania—nudged by an odd-bedfellows coalition of left-leaning activists, unions, chambers of commerce, Koch Industries and others—voted overwhelmingly to be the first state to do so. In June it started sealing over 30m records, and will soon be finished. That spurred others.
The Michigan House approved Tuesday with wide-ranging support a bipartisan seven-bill package that would clear the criminal records of many Michigan ex-offenders.
The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation that would expand who's eligible for criminal record expungement and create a system to automate the process for certain offenses.
The Michigan House passed legislation Tuesday that would overhaul expungement laws to make it easier for hundreds of thousands of people to clear their criminal record, including those convicted of marijuana offenses before the drug’s legalization for recreational use.
Tina Rosenberg of the Solutions Journalism Network argues that civil discourse and bipartisanship in America aren’t dead, at least when the subject is criminal justice reform. She uses the example of Pennsylvania's Clean Slate law, which passed with bipartisan support in 2018.
September 21-28th marks the second-annual “National Expungement Week” – a week of events across the U.S. that offer expungement and other forms of legal relief for the tens of millions of Americans with criminal records. Click “learn more” to get involved and find an expungement event near you.