The Pathways to Employment Act (AB 33/SB 39) would reform the process of expungement, or the sealing of criminal records.
Ours is the only state that requires judges to determine if records can be sealed when somebody is sentenced, instead of when they are released.
It’s also one of only seven states that limits the sealing of criminal records based on people’s age when they committed a crime.
Because of these policies, too many people in Wisconsin who are charged with low-level, nonviolent crimes don’t get a fair shot at getting a job and successfully re-entering society.
The Pathways to Employment Act would provide more opportunities for deserving people to have their criminal records sealed by:
· Giving judges greater discretion over whether a criminal record can be sealed.
· Allowing people sentenced over the age of 25 to be eligible to have their records sealed.
· Removing the expungement-ordered-at-sentencing requirement.
· Allowing retroactive application of these reforms.
This bill would give deserving Wisconsinites second chances. Tell lawmakers support the Pathways to Employment Act!