Colorado Senate OKs bill to automatically seal non-violent criminal records

Colorado Politics: More than one million Coloradans with non-violent criminal records could have their records automatically sealed under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.

If enacted, 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.

Senators passed the bill — dubbed the Clean Slate Act — in a 33-1 vote, sending it to the House of Representatives for consideration in the coming weeks. Only Sen. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker, voted against the bill without comment.

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