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house Bill H.R. 61

Fair Chance for Youth Act of 2017

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Title

Fair Chance for Youth Act of 2017

Official Title

To provide for the expungement and sealing of youth criminal records, and for other purposes.

Summary

Fair Chance for Youth Act of 2017 This bill amends the federal criminal code to establish a process to expunge and seal certain youth criminal records. A youth is an individual who was arrested, prosecuted, or sentenced for a criminal offense committed at age 21 or younger. A youth may petition to expunge records related to: (1) a misdemeanor conviction, (2) a nonviolent felony drug conviction, (3) a conviction for any nonviolent offense committed prior to attaining age 18, or (4) an arrest or prosecution for a nonviolent offense that is disposed of. A youth may petition to seal records related to: (1) a nonviolent conviction, (2) a conviction for any offense committed prior to attaining age 18, and (3) an arrest or prosecution for a nonviolent offense that is disposed of. Each federal district court must establish a Youth Offense Expungement and Sealing Review Board to review, evaluate on the merits, and make recommendations to grant or deny expungement and sealing petitions. The Court must consider and decide each petition for which it receives a Review Board recommendation. The Department of Justice must report on the number of: (1) expungement and sealing petitions granted and denied, and (2) times a U.S. attorney supported or opposed an expungement or sealing petition. This bill's provisions apply to youth regardless of whether such youth became involved in the federal criminal justice system before, on, or after enactment.

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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017
    Minors are influenced by other minors, most of the time (excluding violent crimes) the youth is pressured into a crime and yes I agree that they should be held accountable for there crime/crimes I do believe, giving them the time to learn about adulthood they should be given a second chance
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    We need to give people the chance to grow and learn.
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    Court involvement as a minor affects the rest of one's potential for education, jobs, and financial stability. Give youth a chance to start over for the sake of our population.
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    Non violent crimes committed by minors can negatively impact their entire adult life, education and job opportunities
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    As a youth we have all made mistakes which have yielded various consequences. Youth who have committed crimes are no different and deserve a second opportunity to get their life on track.
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    Children need a second chance or they have no reason to turn their lives around.
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    Let the Adult not have to suffer for his/her childish mistakes.
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    Nonviolent offenders, of all ages even, deserve to have some level of privacy about their convictions in our current climate. Especially minors.
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    Our justice system is really bad at meaningfully reintegrating ex-offenders into society, which honestly makes it kind of pointless from the perspective of keeping communities safe and reducing crime. One of the factors that lead into this is the difficulty of getting legally employed with a record of conviction, even for non-violent crime: Allowing youth and minors to seal their records makes this a tiny bit more possible.
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    Yes. Allow children to learn from their mistakes and move past them. And make sure there is widespread understanding of this law through the juvenile justice system!
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    Yes
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    Vote yes
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    Children's lives should not be ruined by doing something stupid when their brain aren't even fully developed so they don't even realize what they are doing and the consequences of their actions.
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    Not in favor of teaching kids they can get away with every non violent crimes before the age of 21. Allow this to pass and we'll be teaching a whole new generation crime is ok until you're 21. Laws and sentencing need to change but I don't think we need to be passing a law that forgives so easily.
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    Everyone has made stupid mistakes as a kid. We need to give people a second chance to turn their life around and not let something done as a teenager follow them for their entire life.
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    Adolescents do not have fully formed impulse control mechanisms; therefore, they engage in activities without fully comprehending the impact they may have. We must educate our youth to be proactive citizens and to make better choices rather than seeking to label them for the remainder of their lives.
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    People make mistakes and learn from them. They should not be discriminated their whole lives for a crime committed in youth.
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