Today, we are asking you to help support a bill that we are passionate about and that we are working very hard to see pass in our legislature in IL. It is called the ‘Clear Up Juvenile Records” act. Here is what we are asking for and we are asking that if you live in IL, you sign this petition to support our efforts:
We the undersigned, demand a simple and inexpensive expungement process to ensure juvenile records are cleared.
The current expungement process is so complicated and expensive that according to the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Chicago Police arrested 18,287 youth under 17 years old in 2009 and only 437 juvenile records were expunged. The majority of these arrests are for minor offenses.
The failure to automatically clear these arrest records and the difficult process to obtain an expungement holds back youth in their transition to college, in applying for the military, and in seeking employment.
Specifically, we demand:
1.) That no local law enforcement agencies can forward juvenile records to the State Police.
2.) That an individual can petition the court to expunge their juvenile record anytime, for any reason.
Example: A record will be able to be eligible to be expunged if a youth is arrested but the petition is dismissed OR if a petition is never filed
3.) That a juvenile record is automatically expunged if a person is 18 years old and has had two years without an arrest. Law enforcement agencies would be responsible for expunging these records.
4.) To explicitly state the Illinois Human Rights Act to include civil rights violation if employers ask about expunged juvenile records
We encourage Illinois legislators and policy makers to address this critical issue to ensure our youth can successfully move forward in life.