Marchers Demand State Automatically Expunge 1M Convictions, Lawmakers Listen

Proponents of two California legislative measures argued that convicts should have all of their rights restored.

Sacramento, CA – Hundreds of community leaders, protesters, and elected officials held a march in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday to demand the automatic expungement of criminal convictions for felons who have served their sentences.

Proponents of two Assembly-approved bills that would erase conviction records for about 1 million residents argued that criminals have too many restrictions on them, even after their sentences are served, according to the Associated Press.

San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting, the author of one of the bills, claimed that convicted criminals should not face additional restrictions if they have served their time.

"Right now, if you serve your time you still can't get housing, you still can't get work, you still get treated like a criminal," Ting said.

"Every right should be restored," State Senator Nancy Skinner agreed. "Once you've done your time, that's enough."

The rally was spearheaded by #TimeDone Executive Director Jay Jordan, KXTV reported.

"We're here to bring people from all around the state, about 500 people from nine different counties, to raise awareness about these tens of thousands of legal restrictions," Jordan declared.

Approximately 20% of California residents have criminal histories that limit their access to certain educational, housing, and job opportunities, according to KXTV.

"We're working on two bills: AB1076 and AB1331," Jordan told the news outlet. "AB1076 will automatically expunge records. AB1331 will help fix the data problem that criminal justice databases have."

The attorney general is already required to identify offenders who are eligible to have their convictions expunged due to the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana use in 2016, the Associated Press reported.

Ting’s bill would require the inclusion of certain other so-called low-level felonies and misdemeanors, and would force the attorney general to automatically expunge them instead of making convicts go through the expungement process.

But legislative analysists cautioned that implementation of the proposed legislation would costs tens of millions of dollars.

The California Law Enforcement Association of Records Supervisors, Inc. argued that those convicted of crimes already have the ability to petition for the expungement of their records.

Implementation of the proposed legislation would "unnecessarily put the burden on records management personnel, who are short staffed and without sufficient resources, to move arrest dispositions to an automated system, a very labor intensive and cost-prohibitive task," the association noted.

Jordan, a convicted felon who served eight years in prison for robbery, said he was encouraged by the number of people who came out in support of the bills on Tuesday morning, KXTV reported.

"It gives me hope. It gives me hope in humanity," he noted. "It gives me hope in the American value system. And I believe we can get this done."

Comments (38)
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Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Give it a few minutes folks. 🙈🙉🙊

2A SUPPORTER
2A SUPPORTER

THERE IS AN INBED STUPIDITY IN CALIFORNIA THAT CAN ONLY BE CURED BY TOTAL STERILIZATION ...

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Leopard's don't change their spots!

bobpjafe
bobpjafe

Can the line get any dumber?

robocop95
robocop95

In Cali there is no longer any deterrent to being a criminal.

K-9 319
K-9 319

Is it something in the water ? California is going downhill so fast it may never stop. It's getting to the point that we may have to build a wall around California just to protect the rest of the states from this disease.

Grog
Grog

California has definitely gone full blown mental!

LEO0301
LEO0301

It's California and I stopped caring.

wmc50
wmc50

So, is this expungement thing for ALL convicted criminals...you know, like rapists and child molesters? Cause, you know, they served their time too. And, you know, they NEVER, EVER repeat offend once they are released. Right? Am I right?? So it has to be the same law for everyone, because in the end they're all human beings. If the citizens vote to do this, they deserve whatever happens to them. Damned idiots.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Declare California a mental disease state. Put border walls around the state. Break off any communications. No longer provide federal money to support their grossly failing social experiments. One colossal sh-thole of mentals. It's done. Put a lid on that pot.

OldVet
OldVet

Let this sink in; 20% of the population are convicted criminals. Another great reason to allow California to dictate to the rest of the country. Nancy and Maxine; see any problems here?

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Welcome to the Commonwealth of Kalifornica land of fruits and nuts!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Maybe they could simply eliminate the police and the judicial?! Think of how much money they could save. And those poor criminals wouldn’t be harassed anymore. Sounds like a California plan to me.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

There is a reason Felons are Felons for life even though they have completed their jail sentence. Their rate to reoffend or recitivate is very high. Law Enforcement and District Attorneys use that information to decide on how to proceed with them when they "mess up". If you are a violent offender and have a history of being violent toward LEO's or civilians, then that is a "MUST KNOW". Violent criminals should never be allowed access to firearms and other rights they have forfeited by offending in the first place. If you choose to commit a crime, in the first place, then you must accept the lifelong consequences. It's all part and parcel to a choice you made.

BuddyA
BuddyA

Is it a violent crime? Otherwise all rights should be restored and the only access to the record should be by the courts/police in the course of a criminal investigation. No prospective employer should have access.

LynnSB
LynnSB

There needs to be a WALL around CA. don't allow these Animals to ever leave if they approve this Ignorance !!!

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

There is a point when we can no longer allow California assholes to leave the state and infect the rest of the country.

pandaranda
pandaranda

dont do it. This is just a way for Leftists to get MORE VOTERs.