Ill. House OKs plan to expunge juvenile arrests
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois lawmakers have advanced a plan that would erase some arrest records for kids who weren’t charged or convicted of the alleged crime.
The House voted 74-40 on Wednesday to approve a proposal that would require the Illinois State Police to annually delete its arrest records for those minors. The measure would exclude alleged sex-related offenses, higher-level felony arrests and those occurring within the previous six months.
Democratic Rep. Arthur Turner of Chicago sponsored the legislation. He says the plan would give kids a better chance to get jobs, enter college and avoid gang violence.
Some lawmakers say they’re concerned because the measure doesn’t guarantee that some lower-level arrest records wouldn’t be made public.
The legislation goes to the Senate for further consideration.
The bill is SB978.