Fighting for Fairness

Fighting for Fairness

Those Arrested but Never Charged and/or Convicted Should Not be Burdened with Criminal Records

Sacramento

In the ongoing struggle for criminal justice reform California legislators are moving forward with a measure aimed at erasing criminal records of those who have successfully served their time and completed the conditions of probation.  In addition, AB 1076 the Criminal Records Automatic Relief bill, will also erase the records of those arrested but never charged and/or convicted of a crime. The bill requires the process be automated to prevent the shifting of responsibility for clearing the records onto the shoulders of impacted by the legislation.   The successful passage and signing into law of AB 1076 could conceivable ease the burdens of criminal history from millions of Californians who are often limited in their ability to secure jobs and/or housing due to criminal records that follow them, even instances where an individual was arrested but never convicted.   Early last month the bill moved to the Appropriations Committee. The measure appears to have strong support in both the Assembly and the Senate. If it passes and is signed into law by the governor nearly eight million Californians arrested or convicted for misdemeanor and non-violent offenses could benefit. The legislation will retroactively seal records of any eligible person in the corrections system however they will remain visible to law enforcement, judges and investigative agencies.  Learn more about AB 1076 at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/home.xhtml.

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