In Maine, it is extremely difficult to seal or erase a criminal record. That means people are being punished long after their sentence ends and they have been released from jail or prison. 

A criminal record follows a person for the rest of their life, creating barriers to housing, employment and education -- what people need to lead stable lives and have a second chance.

This bill would reinstate a law that creates a pathway for people convicted of some misdemeanors to seal their criminal records if they meet additional conditions. People deserve a second chance, and LD 1310 would allow at least some people to move beyond the scarlet letter of their past conviction.

Sponsors

Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross

Status

Active

Session

130

Bill number

LD 1310

Position

Support