Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill Tuesday that will let ex-offenders who have stayed out of trouble for 10 years after a conviction for most second- or third-degree misdemeanors petition courts to have records of the old crime sealed.
News Story (Pennsylvania)
February 16, 2016
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Tags: Criminal Records, Expungement / Record Sealing
Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia
Advocates for ex-offenders said the measure, Senate Bill 166, is the single-best thing policy-makers could do for their clients.
Until now, crime records could only be expunged for summary offenses, misdemeanors after a person had reached age 70 with 10 years since the last arrest, and a few other crimes like underage drinking.
Beyond that, residents seeking to clear their name had to make appeals to the state Board of Pardons.