For Immediate Release
October 12, 2020
Bipartisan support continues for League priorities, criminal justice improvements
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature today of legislation to expand and simplify the state’s criminal record expungement process, House Bills 4980–4985 and 5120. The statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“Almost a year exactly after these bills first passed out of the House Judiciary Committee, the Clean Slate legislation has been signed into law, forever improving the lives of thousands of justice-involved individuals, their families, and their communities. A criminal record has been a huge impediment to work, housing, education and other resources that are too often taken for granted, and expanding and automating the expungement process was one of the League’s top legislative priorities for the current legislative session.
“We are grateful to the governor, the Legislature and leaders from both sides of the aisle, business groups, all of our advocacy partners, and the many individuals who shared their personal stories and experiences for their work to make this happen. For too long, our justice system has been stacked against Black and Brown people and individuals with lower incomes, and a criminal record has unfortunately continued those consequences in perpetuity. With a stroke of her pen today, the governor struck a significant blow for racial equity and justice, economic security, and the true idea of redemption, while better supporting Michigan businesses, and we hope this momentum for smart and thoughtful justice reforms will continue.”
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.