For Immediate Release
April 16, 2021
Montgomery, AL- This week the Alabama House of Representatives passed SB117, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison (D-Jefferson) and led in the House by Rep. Chris England (D-Macon), which would expand the expungement of criminal records to include convictions of certain misdemeanors, traffic violations, municipal ordinances, and, under certain conditions, felony convictions. The bill also increased the fee for filing expungements.
This legislation will help people by expanding expungements which will lead to more successful outcomes in obtaining employment, housing, loans, educational opportunities, professional licensure, and, most importantly, peace of mind.
Alabama House Democrats are pleased to see the passage of this legislation as it is one component of the comprehensive criminal justice reforms that were proposed at the beginning of the session. After paying their debt to society, expungement is simply a first step toward having the tools to become a productive member of society.
This bill was one of several proposed by Alabama House Democrats at the beginning of the 2021 Alabama Legislative Session to implement practical and long-overdue reforms to bail, probation, technical parole violator, and sentencing guidelines that would drastically improve the criminal justice system and outcomes in Alabama.