Editorial: Arrest records shouldn’t be automatically sealed from public view

The Denver Post: Arrest and court conviction records are available to the public for good reason — these documents provide transparency about how the criminal justice system operates and about individuals’ conduct. An attempt by Colorado lawmakers to have more of these records sealed automatically — while well-intentioned — will lead to gaps in both of those important records of conduct.

We agree with the sponsors of House Bill 1214 that many arrest records and even conviction records should be sealed, if not expunged. Everyone in America is innocent until proven guilty and too often arrest records are treated as guilty convictions by employers, landlords and even by judges considering parental custody.

But the solution to that problem is not the rapid, immediate and unvetted sealing of arrest records.

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