AB 1076, a groundbreaking, revolutionary effort to efficiently automate arrest and conviction relief at the California Department of Justice. Using technology, this policy will automate the process for those who are already entitled to record clearance relief under existing laws. By eliminating barriers to successful reentry, AB 1076 will provide millions of Californians with renewed employment, housing and education opportunities.
“Millions of Californians are living in a paper prison,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “A huge number of people are entitled to relief that they’ll never realize because they have to jump through hoops to get it. With a few key strokes California can enhance public safety and equity while reducing recidivism and taxpayer spending. AB 1076 will not only modernize our system of justice, it’s a model for the justice system.”
The system has erected bureaucratic barriers that disproportionately impact communities of color, barriers that undermine the likelihood of successful reentry by limiting access to employment and housing. As a result, less than 20% of eligible people have been estimated to obtain record clearance. The new system will not require any action from a petitioner, thereby reducing significant barriers to employment and housing opportunities for millions of Californians.