New Bill Aims To Expedite Process Of Clearing Records

A new bill in the California Legislature is aiming to expedite the process of clearing the records of people who have fully completed the terms of their sentences and rehabilitation. Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting says AB 2978 builds upon a bill signed into law last year by Governor Gavin Newsom that automatically clears the records of eligible convictions moving forward. He says under the current law, those with old convictions have to petition the court to have their records cleared, which can be a long and costly process. According to a report by the Alliance for Safety and Justice, there are roughly 8 million people living in California with a past conviction that is eligible to be expunged.