|Posted:||May 4, 2016 02:56 PM|
|From:||Representative Ed Gainey|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Expungement for Non-Violent Felony Convictions|
|As we have seen recently, much attention has been given by this body and other state legislatures to address the growing problem of criminal record expungement for those who are deserving of a fresh start and who have effectively demonstrated that their past mistakes do not define them.
I firmly believe there is a growing number of individuals who fit the above description who also have a felony record which haunts them and who, despite all odds, have transformed themselves into worthwhile community members.
In the near future I will be introducing legislation that would effectively expand expungement for certain eligible individuals in PA, specifically those who have been convicted of a non-violent felony.
Parameters for eligibility for expungement are as follows:
Felony non-violent convictions are just as worthy for expungement as lower grade convictions (Summary through M-1). In fact, I would argue they are more necessary, because of the stigma attached to a felony attached to an individual’s record. If they have proved to be a productive member of society, their community and their family, expungement is the only logical answer.
Please consider co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB2068