To Lower Recidivism Washington State Lets More Felons Clear Their Records

The “New Hope Act,” recently passed in Washington state, shortens the time it takes to expunge felonies and expands the number and types of crimes former felons can clear from their records. Former offenders still need to petition a court to vacate convictions, but it is believed the law will ease reentry for those who have spent time in prison. Those who wish to have their felonies expunged must have completed all requirements of their sentences, including financial obligations.

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