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Michigan Senate leaves DWI's out of expungement expansion

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Posted at 11:03 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 23:03:35-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate passed bills that would allow hundreds of thousands of people to clear criminal records.

The state estimates the expungement measures would affect hundreds of thousands people, including those with marijuana convictions before it was legalized for recreational use in 2018.

The legislation passed the state Senate Wednesday.

If signed into law, Michigan would have an automated system for expungements of certain felonies after 10 years and misdemeanors after seven years.

According to the Chicago-based Alliance for Safety and Justice, the legislation aims to help more people to successfully navigate the expungement process in Michigan where only a few thousand people each year now receive expungements.