CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to automatically clear arrest records for less serious, non-violent juvenile cases.
"Many young residents are arrested each year for minor offenses that have the potential to negatively affect their future," Governor Quinn said. "These juveniles are often unaware that the record of their arrest can follow them into adulthood. This new law will ensure that those individuals are given a clean slate and have every opportunity to land a job and succeed in life."
The Governor was joined by state and local officials and advocates to sign the "clean slate" measure that prevents a minor arrest from doing permanent damage to a young person's life.
The new bill automatically clears a juvenile's arrest record on his or her 18th birthday if that arrest did not result in criminal charges, and if there are no other subsequent arrests or juvenile delinquency petitions. It also eliminates the need to navigate the court process to get a juvenile arrest record of this type expunged. The new law is effective January 1, 2015.
"I'd like to thank the Governor for his swift action in bringing about this forward-thinking change in law, which is a step towards ensuring our young adults who are doing the right thing in pursuing opportunities to advance themselves are not handicapped with a criminal record for an offense that was never pursued by prosecutors," Senator Raoul said.