Police and court records; expungement of records. (SB101)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Expungement of police and court records. Provides that a court that enters a nolle prosequi for a criminal charge shall, upon motion of the person charged, enter an order requiring the expungement of the police and court records relating to the charge. The bill also provides that a person whose charge is expunged because a nolle prosequi is taken or the charge is dismissed because the person arrested or charged was not the person named in the summons, warrant, indictment, or presentment shall not be required to pay any costs associated with the expungement. Read the Bill »

Status

02/03/2016: Failed to Pass in Committee

History

DateAction
12/22/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102312D
12/22/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/03/2016Continued to 2017 in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

ACLU-VA Criminal Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill. Expungement offers offenders a second chance at life by removing old convictions from the public record. Youthful indiscretions are common but can have a lasting impact. Technology has made it easier to find criminal records online, exacerbating the consequences of criminal convictions. We also know that finding suitable employment reduces the likelihood that ex-offenders will commit new crimes. Expungement gives ex-offenders a better chance to find a job. The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that gives ex-offenders a second chance.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill. Expungement offers offenders a second chance at life by removing old convictions from the public record. Youthful indiscretions are common but can have a lasting impact. Technology has made it easier to find criminal records online, exacerbating the consequences of criminal convictions. We also know that finding suitable employment reduces the likelihood that ex-offenders will commit new crimes. Expungement gives ex-offenders a better chance to find a job. The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that gives ex-offenders a second chance.