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house Bill H.R. 1672

Should Young, Non-Violent Offenders Have a Chance To Expunge Their Records?

Argument in favor

A criminal record can ruin a person’s life, and the criminal justice system already imprisons far too many people for non-violent offenses. These reforms will help people turn their lives around.

Alis's Opinion
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08/08/2015
We need to lay off insane punitive policies. They are totally counterproductive!
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Scott's Opinion
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08/07/2015
Children and young adult teens often lack the mental development to fully understand the ramifications of their actions. A non political process, similar to the parole process, could be set up to expunge those records from any public knowledge. I'd still want law enforcement to have court ordered access to those records, but it should be legal for the juvenile criminal
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jeff's Opinion
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08/07/2015
If young people can do this than anyone with the same record should have the same options.
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Argument opposed

Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Criminal behavior results in a criminal record — people should consider their future careers and housing situations before committing crimes.

John's Opinion
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08/08/2015
No. Misdemeanors, yes. But not for felony convictions. And ABSOLUTELY NOT for drug distribution and sales. The age of the youth was already taken into consideration at their trial and sentencing. Being young is no excuse and the young of today are not the naive, innocent kids of the 50's, 60's and 70's. They KNOW what they are doing and deserve the ramifications.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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08/07/2015
Many don't think how their actions will affect them years later. If you're not prepared to accept the consequences don't break the law in the first place
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RedPiano1's Opinion
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08/16/2015
One part (of many) in this bill makes sense: allow adults after-the-fact to petition the Court to have juvenile (nonviolent) records expunged, which takes this to a case by case basis and allows provisions for re-opening said records. The rest of the bill conveniently hides too much information if enacted as written.
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  • The senate has not voted
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      house Committees
      Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations
      Committee on Agriculture
      Worker and Family Support
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedMarch 26th, 2015
    We need to lay off insane punitive policies. They are totally counterproductive!
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    No. Misdemeanors, yes. But not for felony convictions. And ABSOLUTELY NOT for drug distribution and sales. The age of the youth was already taken into consideration at their trial and sentencing. Being young is no excuse and the young of today are not the naive, innocent kids of the 50's, 60's and 70's. They KNOW what they are doing and deserve the ramifications.
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    Children and young adult teens often lack the mental development to fully understand the ramifications of their actions. A non political process, similar to the parole process, could be set up to expunge those records from any public knowledge. I'd still want law enforcement to have court ordered access to those records, but it should be legal for the juvenile criminal
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    Ever hear the phrase young and stupid?
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    If young people can do this than anyone with the same record should have the same options.
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    I'm concerned about certain aspects of this bill, but it's a step in the right direction. It's awfully hard to turn your life around when no one will hire you for a mistake when you were 14.
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    Many don't think how their actions will affect them years later. If you're not prepared to accept the consequences don't break the law in the first place
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    Good start. Next add adults.
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    One part (of many) in this bill makes sense: allow adults after-the-fact to petition the Court to have juvenile (nonviolent) records expunged, which takes this to a case by case basis and allows provisions for re-opening said records. The rest of the bill conveniently hides too much information if enacted as written.
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    We all make mistakes. look what we have In Washington DC Half of them are crooks and have records. We have those who break the law and the DOJ never touches them. Washington needs to clean up they garbage young people need programs to guild them not jail. Our laws are messed up
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    To many people in prison for no real good reason!!
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    Many young people make terrible mistakes due to their youth and daring. They come out of prison, paid their debt to society and go on to live decent lives. If they have not gotten in trouble for a specified time, yes, their rights should be restored.
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    If you don't hurt anybody else it's not the definition of a crime
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    If I was looking to hire someone to handle my company's money I would want to know if that person stole from the cash register they were working at. It was a nonviolent crime and I should have access to that information when considering hiring someone. Just because the crime was nonviolent doesn't mean the criminal won't do it again. The criminal class deserves whatever they get
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    You tell me do the time for the crime!
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    How about giving people a chance to overcome their situations. If all someone did is petty crimes and they clean up why punish them?
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    This is for juveniles under 15. This is for non-violent offenses. I think that a mistake under these conditions shouldn't haunt you for the rest of your life.
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    I agree with shorter sentences and such for non-violent offenders, but the fact you sold drugs (among other things) should stay with you for a long time. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.
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    Not for drug violations of any kind and remember the old tv show motto. 'don't do the crime if can;t do the time". Time means the consequences for your actions.
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    Parental guidance would carry more weight if kids had it brought home to their unthinking little minds that serious juvenile and young adult rap sheets would indeed remain as their cumulative record of misdeeds. Responsibility shouldn't require training wheels or training pants.
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