McClinton: House votes to ease criminal record expungement process

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, expressed her enthusiasm of House passage of S.B. 166 this afternoon.

Senate Bill 166 will reduce the time for automatic expungement of some criminal record information to three years.

"A clean criminal record is essential for those looking to establish a solid employment history," McClinton said. "This bill would remove from a criminal record report any information on indictments or arrests which occurred more than three years previous, as long as no conviction has occurred and no legal proceedings regarding the case are still in the system.

"Those convicted of a misdemeanor of the second degree would also be able to petition for an expungement 10 years after final release from prison and other supervision.

"Criminal expungements are necessary to empower individuals to move forward and take positive steps in the right direction. Therefore, I have been hosting expungement clinics in both Delaware and Philadelphia counties, so all constituents can be afforded second chances."

The next expungement clinic McClinton is co-hosting with state Sen. Anthony H. Williams will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave., Philadelphia.

In March, the state Senate unanimously passed the original bill, with an effective date of 60 days after the bill was signed into law by the governor. The House amended the start date to take effect 270 days after the governor's signature.

The amended bill must now be reconsidered by the state Senate.