Patty Kim: Criminal record expungement bill passes the House

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – Language that would allow criminal record expungement in certain situations, written by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Jordan Harris, D-Phila., passed the House of Representatives today as part of an amended Senate bill.

“I am thrilled that this language has passed the House, and I will continue to work to get it all the way to the governor’s desk,” Kim said. “There are too many cases in which someone makes a mistake when they're young and it wreaks havoc on their life for years to come. We need to make record expungement more accessible because if we don't reform the current system, a completed sentence becomes an indefinite sentence.”

Kim and Harris’ language is in S.B. 166, which would allow a person convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and ask for an order for limited access of their criminal record. Criminal justice and government agencies would not be subject to the order for limited access, and they would still be able to see a person’s entire criminal record information.

All violent offenses punishable by imprisonment of more than two years, and many others of a serious nature, would be prohibited from being subject to an order for limited access under the bill.

The bill now goes back to the Senate for consideration.