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Michigan Bill May Expand Expungement Opportunities

Michigan state lawmakers have recently proposed House Bill 4186, which is aimed at expunging criminal records of nonviolent criminals who have paid their debts to society and become rehabilitated. The current law in Michigan allows for the expungement of a single conviction. The proposed Bill would allow the expungement of up to two misdemeanors, or one misdemeanor and one felony after a five-year waiting period has passed from the completion of probation or parole. The Bill will not protect or help those with sexual offenses, or felonies that can be punishable by life imprisonment. It would have little to no fiscal impact on the Judiciary. Continue reading

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New Michigan Set Aside Bill May Reduce Recidivism Rates

In Michigan, those convicted of felonies have found it difficult to obtain employment and professional licenses due to their criminal history, regardless of whether or not the individual has paid his or her debt to society. A felony conviction also excludes many from receiving educational scholarships, which are crucial when one cannot obtain gainful employment to support oneself through school. This pushes many felons into a vicious cycle of recidivism. Continue reading

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