Bipartisan group seeks to expunge records of low-level offenders to help them find jobs

Expungement in Wisconsin

Options in Wisconsin to have criminal convictions expunged can be quite narrow. A proposed bipartisan bill would reduce many of the restrictions in Wisconsin.

Check out this article by Patrick Marley from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on lawmakers trying to offer a path forward to more low-level offenders than current laws allow for.

“Expungement is a perfect example of how criminal justice reform and workforce development are closely linked,” … “Once enacted, this proposal will provide immediate employment access for thousands of individuals who are looking to overcome their past and find success in the workforce.”

Republican Rep. David Steffen of Green Bay said in a statement. Link: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/21/bipartisan-group-seeks-expunge-records-low-level-offenders/4236224001/

Audio clip by WORT Madison reporter Paul Hermann.
Link: https://www.wortfm.org/expungement-bill-proposed-by-bipartisan-group-of-wisconsin-lawmakers/

A bi-partisan group of four Wisconsin lawmakers unveiled a criminal justice reform proposal today aimed at making it easier for formerly convicted people to become employed. WORT spoke with 3 of those legislators to find out more. Check out the Soundcloud clip above discussing the new expungement bill.


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