For Immediate Release
July 29, 2020
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee’s passage today of legislation of Senate Bills 681 and 682 regarding juvenile record expungement and confidentiality. The statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“The Michigan League for Public Policy continues to advocate for youth justice reforms both as a Kids Count issue to improve child well-being and a fiscal and economic policy issue to make it easier for offenders to move on from their mistakes, go to school, get good jobs and raise families of their own. These and other justice reforms help improve the lives of individuals while strengthening our workforce as a whole and supporting our businesses.
“We are pleased to see the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee continue to act on these important, universally beneficial criminal justice reforms in a bipartisan fashion, passing Senate Bills 681 and 682 today to make it easier to keep juvenile records confidential and to get a juvenile record expunged. Much like Raise the Age, immature decisions and juvenile records should not follow kids for the rest of their lives—it is a disservice to their rehabilitation and redemption. We are pleased to see the committee members, including the bills’ two main sponsors, extend the same considerations to juveniles as they did with action on adult expungement last month, and we hope the full Senate and full Legislature will act soon to extend these important benefits to youth offenders.”
FOR ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND:
League Report, May 2019: Thriving on the outside: How Michigan can help the formerly incarcerated become gainfully employed
League Owner’s Manual Priority: Put Justice-Involved Residents Back on the Road
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.