How a new law is helping poor Californians escape the crimes of their youth

A new California law is set to transform the lives of low-income young black and Latino adults who committed crimes when they were minors, advocates say.

News Story (California)

Jorge Rivas
October 1, 2015

Tags: Criminal Records, Expungement / Record Sealing

Organizations mentioned/involved: A New Way of Life (Los Angeles)


The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday, will eliminate fees to have juvenile records sealed for those under the age of 26. Once SB 504 goes into effect January 1, 2016 the $150 fee to petition the court to seal records will be waived.

“The fee can be a huge barrier, but now with the fee waived [young people] can apply and be on the same footing as those who do have the money to seal their records,” said Theresa Zhen, a lawyer at A New Way of Life Reentry Project, a civil legal aid organization in Los Angeles.