Governor Wolf Applauds Passage of Clean Slate Legislation
June 22, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill:
“The Clean Slate bill helps us accomplish something I have worked hard to do since I took office, make our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation,” Governor Wolf said. “Passage of the Clean Slate law allows for many people to move on with their lives with greater chances for success. This means better career, housing and education options.
“I thank the General Assembly for its bi-partisan efforts to pass this important piece of legislation that will help Pennsylvanians. It’s another step in the right direction to reform the state’s criminal justice system and allow people the opportunity to succeed. I look forward to signing this bill into law.”
HB1419 provides those with low-level, non-violent criminal records a mechanism to have their record sealed from public view.
Nearly 3 million Pennsylvanians of working age are estimated to have criminal records with many that are only minor.
The legislation proposes the following structure for sealing records:
- Nonviolent Misdemeanor Convictions – Sealing would occur after an individual has remained crime-free for 10 years.
- Non-Conviction Records – Sealing would be done as a matter of course, given that the presumption of innocence is one of the bedrocks of the American criminal justice system.