A conservative case for criminal record ‘Clean Slate’ in Michigan
Even after people have paid their debt to society, a criminal record can haunt them for life, much like a scarlet letter. In Michigan, around 500,000 people with criminal records face barriers to housing, education, and employment every day. Though many are eligible to have their records cleared, as much as 95 percent of people do not apply for the process, which is costly and time-consuming. Clean slate legislation would automate the record-clearing process, removing the scarlet letter for thousands of Michiganders and providing them a real second chance at life.