Automatic sealing of non-violent criminal records passes final vote in Colorado

Colorado Politics: More than one million Coloradans with non-violent criminal records may soon have their records automatically sealed, thanks to a bill passed by the state legislature on Monday.

If signed into law by the governor, Senate Bill 99 would implement an automatic sealing process for non-violent criminal records. This would apply to those who are eligible to request record sealing under the current system – meaning they have finished their sentence, completed a required waiting period and have not committed another criminal offense.

The state House passed the bill — dubbed the Clean Slate Act — in a 61-4 vote on Monday, following the Senate’s 33-1 vote last month. None of the five opponents, all of whom are Republicans, commented on their “no” votes.

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