The Utah Legislature passed excellent expungement reforms this past sessions, but more change lies ahead.
This bill would help thousands of people by automatically expunging records of those with a past low-level criminal history.
This bill decriminalizes sodomy and adultery and modifies penalties related to a number of crimes.
Providing automatic expungements for people with low level criminal history will affect thousands of Utahn’s lives for generations to come.
Besides over-criminalization and a massive increase in the number of people who enter the criminal justice system, funding for public defenders has been a major problem.
Justice and Due Process
Here's an alternative solution for over-criminalization.
This bill relaxes current statute to make it somewhat easier to become eligible for expungement, not only for prior offenses, but for a prior arrest that does not result in prosecution.
This bill not only addresses the plague of over-criminalization, but also addresses one of the chief causes of a bloated amount of misdemeanor offenses.
Something as small as a parking ticket could eventually land you in jail. But what if there was a legal alternative to paying a fine?