For Immediate Release
October 29, 2019
House Judiciary Committee continues support of common-sense criminal justice reforms
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s passage today of legislation to expand and simplify the state’s criminal record expungement process, House Bills 4980–4985. The statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“Right now, nearly anyone who commits a criminal offense is being given a de facto life sentence. The repercussions of a criminal record haunt these individuals for the rest of their lives, making it difficult to get a good job, rent an apartment, get a bank loan and more. With this in mind, the punishment often goes far beyond the actual crime. This legislation is good for returning citizens and their families, but also for our local businesses and economies, and has widespread endorsement from the business community. We appreciate the continued leadership of House Judiciary Committee Chair Graham Filler and the bipartisan support for this and other important justice reforms.”
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.