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Michigan House Bill 4106, which would increase the number of people eligible to apply for criminal record set aside (expunged), suffered a setback as the Speaker of the House, Jase Bolger, sent the bill back to the Judiciary Committee.

Those who support allowing people to have a second chance can call or email Speaker Bolger and ask him to allow a vote on House Bill 4106.  You  can let him know that you believe that giving people a second chance will reduce crime and government dependency by allowing people who want to work a chance to get a good job.

Speaker Jase Bolger  517.373.1787

Email:  JaseBolger@house.mi.gov

The bill has already received the support from:

The Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan supports the bill. (5-10-11)

The Prosecuting Attorneys Associations of Michigan supports the bill. (5-9-11)

The Michigan Judges Associations indicated support for the bill. (3-24-11)

The State Bar of Michigan has been on record for over six years supporting changes to the criteria allowing an individual to apply for criminal record expunction, but feels that House Bill 4106 and Senate Bill 244 (rather than Senate Bill 159) represent the version of expunction legislation most strongly requested by judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and civil law practitioners. (5-9-11)

Written by Mathew Higbee, Esq

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  1. Kirk Townsend says:

    I own a small business in the state of Michigan and was recently victimized by an Independent Contractor who embezzled over $28,000 from my business over the course of 14 months. Because of prosecutorial neglect and ambivalence this person was allowed to plea to a misdemeanor charge and now he may qualify for expungement because he was 20 years old when he committed this crime. Future employers – who may hire this person – should have full access to what this person is capable of doing before they are victims themselves. These employers can determine if the person is deserving of a second chance or not, and they could even be extended tax incentives to hire applicants with a criminal record. At the very least perpetrators who commit crimes need to prove that they deserve to have their criminal records expunged by exhibiting exemplary service to their community, or by completing a 5-year enlistment in the Armed Services if they meet age requirements. Furthermore, they should have to satisfy all court requirements including restitution, fines, and fees levied by the criminal justice system. This House Bill doesn’t begin to address these concerns and that’s probably why it was sent back to The Judiciary Committee.


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