Proposed bill would expunge certain criminal records - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Proposed bill would expunge certain criminal records

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An Alabama state representative wants people who may have been arrested, but not convicted in some cases, to get a clean slate.

Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa) pre-filed a bill that would allow citizens to petition the courts to have their records expunged under certain circumstances.

"Under current law, a person who has been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime but the case has either been thrown out by a grand jury, dismissed by a judge, or a jury found the person not guilty has no recourse to have their records expunged," England said in a release. "No one should be forced to live with criminal records on file if they haven't been convicted of a crime."

In the case of some misdemeanor convictions, person's record could be cleared in three to five years if they meet all probation and parole requirments and have no past convictions for violent felonies.

England says he doesn't want one mistake to haunt someone for the rest of their life.

"Those records still exist and when  those people apply for jobs they're treated like they were convicted and they get denied those opportunities," England said.

England pushed a similar bill in 2009 and says former Gov. Bob Riley vetoed it.

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