Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has signed a bill into law that will permit
the expungement of certain Class D felonies from criminal records five
years after a sentence has been completed. The new policy will apply to
61 different Class D felonies, equal to about 70 percent of Class D felonies
committed. Individuals who wish to have their records cleared will need
to have a clean record for five years after the completion of their sentence
and pay a $500 fee.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Darryl Owens, has been pending in the Kentucky
legislature for more than 10 years due to Republican opposition in the
Senate. Despite this resistance, Governor Bevin, a Republican, vowed to
support bill while campaigning last year and has now followed through
on his commitment. Owens commented on the bill’s long-awaited passing,
stating, “I’m happy for these folks who will now be able to
get their life back on track, be productive, and contribute significantly
to this community and to the commonwealth.”
Governor Bevin added to Owens’ comments, saying that “It is
critical that there is an opportunity for redemption [and] second chances,
because America is a land that was founded on these principles.”
With this version of the law, job applicants will now be able to truthfully
say that they have never been convicted of a felony, providing much needed
assistance for convicted individuals who have until now experienced considerable
hardship when searching for employment.
For more information on this new legislation,
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