Although thousands of Utahns are eligible to have their records cleared, only a small percentage apply, some never moving forward with seeing the process through to the end. Utah’s current expungement process is not only time-consuming, but costly, too, however, the director of the Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council, Noella Sudbury, is behind a bill, HB431, thatt would automatically expunge certain misdemeanor crimes after a designated time has passed. Sponsored by Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, the bill aims to allow those with convictions a chance to “move on, get good housing, get good jobs,” Sudbury said.

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