House votes to expunge minors' arrests if no convictions result

House votes to expunge minors’ arrests if no convictions result by Elise Dismer

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The House passed a bill Wednesday that would strike the arrest records of kids who haven’t been convicted of a crime. The measure passed 74-40 in the House and goes to the Senate.

“Having a single juvenile arrest can impact the ability of youth to successfully compete for education, scholarships, employment and service opportunities later in life,” said the bill’s main sponsor Rep. Arthur Turner, D-Chicago.

Senate Bill 978 would require the Illinois State Police to wipe clean the arrest record each year for those under the age of 18, so long as they weren’t convicted of a crime. However, this does not apply to youth arrested for serious felonies or for sexual crimes.