– Legislation sponsored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) to seal low-level criminal records after 10 years without a subsequent criminal arrest has been signed into law.
“Sometimes young people make stupid mistakes,” Delozier said. “Minor youthful indiscretions should not prevent someone years later from getting a job or obtaining good housing. My law will automatically seal these low-level, nonviolent crimes without requiring costly legal assistance. I’m pleased to have had bipartisan support from a variety to stakeholders, including a number of chambers of commerce, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, unions and advocacy groups from all sides of the political spectrum.”
Act 56 of 2018
builds upon Act 5 of 2016
by automatically sealing records of second- and third-degree misdemeanor criminal convictions after 10 years without a subsequent arrest, prosecution or conviction. Act 5 of 2016 allows for the sealing if a petition is filed by the accused. This new law does not apply to violent offenses related to endangerment of a person, against a family member, firearms or other dangerous article, sexual offenses and registration, cruelty to animals, or corruption of minors.
The 88th Legislative District in Cumberland County includes Lower Allen and Upper Allen townships and the boroughs of Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, Shiremanstown and Wormleysburg.
Representative Sheryl Delozier
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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