Mayor Rahm Emanuel backs bill to expunge juvenile arrest records by Frank Main
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing legislation to expunge certain juvenile arrest records automatically — and remove a major hurdle for people to qualify for jobs, according to administration officials.
The legislation, introduced Friday by Rep. Arthur Turner (D-Chicago), would apply to juvenile arrests that never resulted in formal criminal charges. The state would have to expunge those arrests automatically when a person turns 18.
“Their mistakes should not follow them into adulthood, nor prevent them from getting a job or competing for opportunities,” Emanuel said in a statement.