Many Californians can clear criminal records, but don’t. This bill would make it automatic
In March 2019, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Assemblyman Phil Ting announced a clean slate legislation proposal, A.B. 1076, in California. An estimated 8 million people in California have a criminal record, which can make it almost impossible to find work and housing or to get an education. Although California already has a process in place that allows people to clear their criminal records, many people do not know that they are eligible, cannot afford the fees required, or need an attorney’s help to navigate the system. Marking an important step forward in the state’s criminal justice reform efforts, clean slate legislation would modernize the criminal justice system by automatically clearing the criminal records of people who have paid their debt to society.