Editorial: Don’t allow concealment of records, oppose House Bill 1214

Colorado Community Media: We understand the intent behind House Bill 1214 to provide a fresh start to those with lower-level criminal records — such as arrest records in which no criminal charges have been filed. Further, it allows some offenders — and those who have received full pardons — to petition to have their records sealed.

We do not oppose the idea of offering a clean slate to many who have blemishes on their records. We appreciate that a clean record better paves the way to housing and employment opportunities.

Even so, we strongly oppose HB 1214 because the loss of complete information would be too severe.

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