I think this is a great opportunity to give someone like me that has set into a new road to a new start at life I was young and chose to make the mistakes I made and now 23 and a mother of 3 children my children to suffer because of my wrong doings I have not been able to get a reasonable job to support my girls i’ve been homeless and learning the meaning of a struggle I jus think that this opportunity is life changing and should be passed…
I agree if after you have completed the terms of what was stipulated by the court. low level crimes should be expunged. The problem is the individual has to pay a lot of money for court cost to have an attorney get the individuals record expunged. How can they afford it if the individual is unable to get a job. My son 17 years ago was fighting a cop, he paid restitution and spent 30 days in jail. He has not had any contact with the law since. He applied for a job and was suppose to start that next week, the day he was suppose to go in, they called him and told him he has a criminal record. Really after 17 years.
I was arrested buying from another person outside a store. I paid $15.00 and then later I was stopped by security outside another store with suspicious as possible theft which was never proved.
They called the police which arrested me without charge for 5 days and then released with charge about $150.xx or so from my deposit cash.
Now I’m retired for the last 16 years and want to have the record expunged which are more than 25 years old make me not happy and worry.
Do not know what to do as I’m not able to afford paid for any service and are peaceful citizen with such very bad in own minds record from past still listed there in the public Records.
I believe such endless Bad record should some how was auto erase after sorthen years since say like 20 or more..
Pennsylvania Senate Bill 391 are long overdue and will serve the best for myself as old 78 years old Retail person.
I think this bill is long overdue! The bill should also cover felony offenses if of a non violent nature on a case by case basis. These individuals are being locked out on their ability to live productive lives.
This bill would be great to help people who have committed non-violent crimes, and have kept their nose clean for a lengthy time period. It would help people have a chance in a job market where even the slightest criminal record can restrict you from gaining employment. Those who get criminal records in early adulthood are often unable to rise economically and socially as they embark on their journey called life. I support this bill under the condition that eligible offenses be non-violent and non-sexual.
I was driving my late husbands car, I had a passneger in it, we got stoped they search the car and found coke cannie,I was arrested and charged with possession, I did a years probation and paid a fine this was in 2006, I was working in apersonal care home and was let go due to the fact that I had this record and some summary offenses which I am paying a fine on. they were for helping a girl that her boyfriend was beating her up, I gave him a ride away from her, because she had three children and couldn’t leave the house. I am unable to obtain a job because of this, I am an excellant employee and loved my job I now have to try and have this taken care of so I can go back to work, since I don’t have a job I am homeless, staying with differnet people and collecting food stamps to eat. These laws should be changed and there wouldn’t be so much crime and drug dealing going on, most people deal drugs due to the fact of there record and they have to support their family or make a living for themself.
I have a summary record due to stupid decision I made when I was younger. Now that I am grown and have my priorities straight and in order it affects me now. I have a family and am working hard to be the best I can be and to do the best I can to support my children. I understand that the state and jobs have to be cautious about allowing people such as myself to get a second chance. I find that the rules to expungement are not as bad as people are making it. If we make better decisions we would not have to go through the process. I have only been arrested one time and will not be arrested again. My family is my priority. I have to live and make decisions on whats best for all of us. I hope you all can find a way to overcome. But understand why certain rules and laws are in place. Its to protect us all.
What about low level felonies convictions over 20 years old. It should be up to the courts where the individual/s were arrested to decide if the individual became a role model citizen and if they remained arrest free. The courts should review what the individual/s has done since his or her arrest and if they became a productive member of their community. LET THE COURTS DECIDE EXPUNGMENT BY ALLOWING THE INDIVIDUAL/S TO MAKE THEIR CASE FOR EXPUNGMENT AFTER ALL IT ALL STARTED WITH THE COURT SYSTEM LET IT END THERE.
Not that I am not in favor of the presumed bill, but I feel that it should not segregate or separate from various crimes. Summary, Misdemeanor, Felony, “DUI”, “Sex Crime”, etc. All should be eligible for this relief.
If a person can go “x” number of years; based on the severity of their crime, without other charges brought toward them, I feel that any and all crimes should have an “Expungement Relief Clause”.
Felony Charges that can go 15 years, post sanctions, without any legal altercation greater than summary traffic can apply for expungement.
Misdemeanor Charges that can go 10 years, post sanctions, without any legal altercation greater than summary traffic can apply for expungement.
Summary Charges that go 5 years, post sanctions, without any legal altercation can apply for expungement.
I feel something like this should be made available to all persons, no matter their charge or grade. Isn’t the Legal and Correction system intended to rehabilitate a person? And if a person can go a specific number of years based on the severity of their charge, in my opinion they are no longer a risk for relapse to whatever their charges are.
Something for consideration.
This bill would be a lifesaver for many people who have made mistakes. I made mistakes 14 years ago and have truely changed my life I am now a good person with a criminal record that continues to hurt my life and my 3 young kids. The current situation for people like me who have truly changed does not protect the public but only prevents me from going further and doing more good in life by having my criminal record public for all to see. this should really include felonies as these are mistakes that people make and after 14 year of proving one has changed, they have and in a lot of cases these hard times in ones life has refined them to be a better person than one who has not been refined by hard times. Misdemeanors do not greatly affect ones life after a couple years, but a felony will reduce ones quality of life forever. please help us.