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Fresh start proposed for some with prison past

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 10, 2017 8:54 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation aimed at providing a fresh start for those who have served time for nonviolent offenses. 

Under the bill, criminal records would be automatically sealed for someone convicted of a misdemeanor if they remain crime-free for at least ten years.

Those convicted of a summary offense would have records sealed after 7 years.

Senator Scott Wagner, who co-sponsored the measure, says he looks at this issue from the standpoint of a business owner.

"I see first-hand the impact a criminal record can have on an individuals attempt to obtain employment or advance their career,.. and someone may have committed a minor offense 20-years ago and should not be judged for that crime today," he said.

Wagner says this bill, along with a companion measure in the House, is the first of its kind in the nation. 

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