Bills would create automatic expungement process for certain crimes

A pair of bills filed in the Kentucky Legislature would create an automatic expungement process for people convicted of certain misdemeanor and Class D felonies.

The bill would not cover violent crimes, sexual crimes, and certain wanton endangerment crimes.

In order to be eligible, five years must have passed since the completion of the person’s sentence and the person must not have been convicted of any other crime during that time period.

Studies show approximately 10 percent of eligible individuals will have their records expunged, according to a release from Goodwill Industries. Many have pointed to the expungement process being long, confusing, and expensive, and those who support the bill say it will make expungement easier for those meeting the conditions.

 

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