Prosecutors Get Behind Expungement Effort

The bill passed committee last week.

Pennsylvania’s largest prosecutor’s group has thrown its support behind my bill that would allow expungement of minor criminal records.

The support of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, representing the men and women who work on the front lines of the criminal justice system, wipes away any misconception that expungement means going soft on crime. 

The truth is, prosecutors don’t want to see the same faces coming through the courthouse time after time because long-ago minor offenses prevent them from obtaining employment.

This bill recognizes genuine efforts at rehabilitation; it makes sense for our justice system and it makes sense for taxpayers.

Senate Bill 391 would allow individuals who were convicted of certain misdemeanors of the second and third degree to apply to have the offense expunged if they keep a clean record for seven years and ten years, respectively.

The District Attorney’s Association announced its support this week.

“Senator Solobay's bill has been the subject of much discussion over the last four or five years, and reflects the efforts of a number of interested groups to fashion a balanced piece of legislation,” the group said in a letter to lawmakers. “PDAA supports this legislation.”

For more information on the bill, click here.


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