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A new criminal justice reform push is building in Congress. The Clean Slate Act would help diminish the destructive power of previous drug convictions, automatically sealing records of simple marijuana possession charges. It would also let people with other sorts of nonviolent offense convictions on their records petition to have those sealed, too.
A bipartisan measure (which doesn't spell disaster for a change), the bill comes from U.S. Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D–Del.) and Guy Reschenthaler (R–Pa.). "I've seen so many stories of people who, because of a minor offense, it has stuck with them for the rest of their lives," Blunt Rochester told Politico.
"We are still in the early stages for this bill, but I believe the prospects are good for strong, bipartisan support, especially given the White House's continued push for criminal justice reform," said Reschenthaler in a statement.
The bill (H.R. 2348) says that "at the time of sentencing of a covered individual"—covered individuals being anyone convicted of a federal, nonviolent possession offense involving marijuana—"the court shall enter an order that each record and portion thereof that relates to the offense shall be sealed automatically on the date that is one year after the covered individual fulfills each requirement of the sentence, except that such record shall not be sealed if the individual has been convicted of a subsequent criminal offense."Additionally:
Sixty days after the date on which a covered individual is acquitted, exonerated, or otherwise subject to a judgment which did not result in a conviction for a Federal offense, each record or portion thereof that relates to the Federal offense shall be sealed automatically.
The question isn't "should this particular terrible criminal get to vote?"
It's "should the party in power be able to reshape the electorate to its advantage with criminal laws that target their opposition's voters en masse?"
— Jacob T. Levy (@jtlevy) April 24, 2019
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