Utah lawmaker proposes ‘clean slate’ law to automatically wipe away nonviolent criminal records
"I just quit trying because I knew I would be judged for something I was so desperately trying to change. It followed me everywhere."
It took Catie Cartisano three years, an attorney, and $3,000 to get her criminal record cleared. Under Utah’s current law, people with certain criminal records are eligible to have their records cleared, but the process can be confusing and costly—and after 90 days, if you haven’t completed the process, it starts again. People with criminal records often face barriers to jobs, education, and housing that make it difficult for them to succeed and contribute to society. But after a record is cleared, a person is 11 percent more likely get a job and earn 22 percent higher wages. Clean slate legislation seeks to automate the record-clearing process to help people get the second chance they deserve.