DE HB450 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-0)
Status: Introduced on June 7 2018 - 25% progression, died in chamber
Action: 2018-06-20 - Reported Out of Committee (Judiciary) in House with 3 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits, 2 Unfavorable
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [HTML]


There is a growing body of research regarding the detrimental effects to an individual and to society relating to the collateral consequences of arrests and criminal convictions. To name just a few, a criminal history is a significant barrier to obtaining and advancing in a job, finding housing, and gaining additional skills or education. Inability to participate in society in these basic ways contributes to Delawares high rate of recidivism and lowers the overall productivity and efficiency of the State. One way to relieve these consequences is to allow for the expungement of records if (1) an arrest did not lead to a guilty disposition or (2) an isolated conviction has been followed by a significant amount of time spent staying out of trouble with the law.

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An Act To Amend Titles 4, 10, 11, And 16 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Expungement Of Adult Criminal Records.



2018-06-20 Reported Out of Committee (Judiciary) in House with 3 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits, 2 Unfavorable
2018-06-07 Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House

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