Governor Wolf to sign ‘clean slate’ legislation

The bill is on its way to his desk after final passage in the Senate Friday.

Tony Romeo
June 22, 2018 - 6:14 pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Governor Tom Wolf is hailing the passage of ‘clean slate’ legislation. The bill is on its way to his desk after final passage in the Senate Friday. 

The “clean slate” measure builds on a law enacted more than two years ago that allowed individuals convicted of low-level, non-violent misdemeanors to petition a court to have the record sealed. The bill to be signed by the governor would go farther, allowing for records to be sealed automatically. With non-violent misdemeanor convictions, sealing would occur if the person remains crime free for ten years. Records in cases with no conviction would be sealed as standard policy. Spokesman J.J. Abbott says criminal justice reform is a priority for Governor Wolf.

“And the clean slate bill will help accomplish that goal by making our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable and more focused on rehabilitation,” Abbott said.

The governor praised the legislature for the bi-partisan effort to pass the clean slate bill.