Rep. Wendzel’s bipartisan criminal justice reform package passes House

Posted on: November 6th, 2019 by webdesign No Comments

Rep. Wendzel’s bipartisan criminal justice reform package passes House
Rep. Wendzel’s bipartisan legislation to make Michigan a national leader in expungement policy sailed out of the Michigan House of Representatives with overwhelming support.Rep. Wendzel’s plan would:Expand the number of people who qualify for expungement;
Allow marijuana convictions and some traffic offenses to be expunged;
Shorten the eligibility period for expungement; and
Establish automatic expungement for certain offenses.Recent data from the University of Michigan has found three empirical findings as it relates to the expungement or set-asides of criminal records. First, of those legally eligible for expungement, just 6.5% obtain it within five years of becoming eligible. Second, those who do obtain expungement have extremely low subsequent crime rates. Third, those who obtain expungement experience a sharp increase in their wages by up to 25% within two years because of their ability to gain access to new and better career opportunities.More than thirty different organizations from across the state support the bill package including the Michigan, Grand Rapids and Detroit Chambers of Commerce, the ACLU, Americans for Prosperity, and the Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.The bills now advance to the Senate for further consideration.

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