Felons Fighting for a “Clean Slate” Bill

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It’s no secret that it can be hard for convicted felons to leave their past behind them once released from jail.

Right now, someone with a felony can apply to get their criminal record cleared five years after a conviction, but many complain that the process is extensive, expensive and exclusive.

Only 95% of the people who qualify for expungement actually get it.

The clean slate bill would wipe a criminal record clean automatically in a decade or less if they stay out of legal trouble.

Similar legislation was passed in Pennsylvania but only cleared misdemeanors. Michigan’s bills would include felonies.

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