Should certain criminal arrest records be sealed from the public?
• “In Pennsylvania alone, approximately three million individuals, or over a third of working age citizens, have criminal records. Although many of these are the result of low-level, nonviolent offenses, criminal records can present a significant obstacle to employment, housing, and education… I look forward to working alongside Representative Blunt Rochester to ensure that those in our country who made mistakes in the past but have rehabilitated themselves and paid their debts to society, receive a clean slate and an opportunity to fully participate and contribute to our country’s economy.” Source: Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (Republican, Pennsylvania, District 14)
• “Following decades of overcriminalization, as many as 1 in 3 Americans now have some type of criminal record. In today’s digital era, any criminal record—even an old marijuana conviction—can stand in the way of jobs, housing, education, and more for years. As our nation reckons with the toll that mass incarceration and the war on drugs have taken on communities across the country—particularly low-income communities and communities of color—our policymakers must not only prioritize sentencing reforms but also policies to ensure that families and communities ravaged by the war on drugs can move on with their lives and have a fair shot at a better life.” Source: Rebecca Vallas Vice President, Poverty Program at the Center for American Progress
Awaiting Vote .
This bill would automatically seal criminal records for certain arrests and nonviolent offenses. Criminal records would be sealed one year after the person completes every requirement of their sentence. Sponsor: Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (Democrat, Delaware, At-Large)