How to build a society of second chances
Criminal records are often a barrier to employment, housing, and education opportunities. Utah’s current state laws allow people with certain criminal records to have their records cleared, though the process can be expensive and take years to finalize. The complicated expungement system continues to punish people who have already paid their debt to society. Clean slate legislation seeks to make this process easier by using technology to automatically clear criminal records for people with misdemeanors, minor infractions, acquittals, and dismissals. Clearing these criminal records will give Utahns the second chance they deserve.