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Bipartisan Fresh Start Act to Remove Barriers for Justice-Impacted

October 20th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Congressman David Trone and Senator Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to increase funding for automated record expungement processes to help justice-impacted individuals find employment opportunities. Congressman Trone was joined by Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), Stephanie Bice (R-OK), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Victoria Spartz (R-IN), and Cori Bush (D-MO). Senator Van Hollen was joined by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA).


After decades of overcriminalization, between 70 million and 100 million Americans have criminal records that appear in routine background checks, preventing many individuals from obtaining jobs, housing, and educational opportunities. 


Millions of these individuals are eligible to have their records sealed or expunged, but the complex, and often cost-prohibitive, process makes it almost impossible for these Americans to receive a second chance at life.