Lawmakers hope to widen list of crimes that can be expunged

panel of state law enforcement officers, prosecutors and public defenders is recommending that Vermont dramatically expand expungement laws so that ex-offenders convicted of the vast majority of the state’s felony crimes can eventually scrub their criminal histories.

News Story (Vermont)

Xander Landen (Vermont)
November 14, 2019

Tags: Expungement / Record Sealing

Organizations mentioned/involved: Vermont Legal Aid (VLA)


Vermont Legal Aid, which has been conducting expungement clinics across the state, is also pushing lawmakers to eliminate a requirement that ex-offenders pay outstanding administrative court fees to be eligible to remove their convictions.

In the first five months of 2019, out of the roughly 250 expungement cases Vermont Legal Aid took on, 25% of the people seeking to wipe their convictions couldn’t because they had outstanding administrative fees they could not afford.

Court officials are pushing back, arguing that the fee in question, a $147 fine imposed on anyone convicted of a crime in Vermont, brings needed revenue into the state’s criminal justice system.