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Ricardo Zandivar

PA Gov. Wolf signs ‘clean slate’ bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation to give people with low-level, nonviolent criminal records a chance to seal their history from public view.

Wolf said the update to Pennsylvania’s “clean slate” law makes it easier for people to reduce the stigma they face when looking for employment and housing.

The law automatically seals from the public the records for certain second or third-degree misdemeanor offenses that included a less than two-year prison sentence if a person has been free from convictions for 10 years.

The law also seals records related to charges that resulted in non-convictions.

It does not seal serious offenses such as endangerment, firearms charges, sexual offenses, cruelty to animals, and corruption of minors.

Criminal justice agencies would still have access to the records.

Under Pennsylvania’s current clean slate law, people must go to court and ask a judge to seal their low-level records from public view.

With the change signed into law, no action is needed to automatically seal a record.

–Noticed the “sexual offenses” exemption clause??? …Yes, because all sexual offenses are a “serious offense” *sarcasm*