SB22-099 (Hisey & Rodriguez/Tipper) Clean Slate Record Sealing

Originally Posted: February 11, 2022
Last Updated: February 11, 2022

Summary

This bill streamlines the automatic record sealing process. It extends automatic record sealing to all offenses that allow the defendant to petition the court for sealing criminal justice records that are not subject to the victim rights act. The bill makes it an unfair employment practice to discharge or deny promotion to an individual based on a sealed criminal record.  It also establishes that an individual cannot be refused housing based on a sealed criminal record.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill because it supports family stability, well-being and economic prosperity. We know that an estimated 60,000 children in Colorado have experienced the incarceration of a parent. It is estimated that half of the children in the U.S. have at least one parent with a criminal record. Parents with criminal records have lower earning potential, as they often face major obstacles to securing employment and receiving public assistance. Mounting criminal justice debts and unaffordable child support arrears severely limit families’ ability to save for the future and can trap them in a cycle of debt. Parents with criminal records face barriers to education and training opportunities that would increase their chances of finding well-paying jobs and better equip them to support their families. Barriers to public and private housing for parents with criminal records can lead to housing instability and make family reunification difficult, if not impossible. Financial and emotional stressors associated with parental criminal records often pose challenges in maintaining healthy relationships and family stability. This bill would help to remove many of these barriers.  

Current Status

The bill was introduced and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m