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HB 379 -Automatic Expungment for Juveniles in the Civil Citation Program

The Juvenile Civil Citation Program is a statewide civil alternative to the formal arrest and criminal prosecution of youth under 18 who commit program eligible misdemeanor offenses. Its primary purpose is to prevent further delinquency, and appropriately address participating youth offenses without creating a criminal record or court intervention.

The program offers law enforcement the option of issuing the youth a civil citation in lieu of arrest. During the program period, participating youth are required to contact pre-assigned community providers to complete an assessment to identify their risk and needs. They also must complete five (5) hours of community service, a community impact statement, and work towards reducing potential future contact with the juvenile justice system.

House Bill 379 is a rare bipartisan endeavour (as you can see from the sponsorship below) and amends the Civil Citation Program by allowing automatic Expungement for Juveniles who choose to participate in the Program after one year of successful completion of the program.

While certain lower-level criminal offenses offer an option for expungement, these Civil Citations do not, and can still be seen on the Juveniles’ records.

This bill also obligates the Civil Citation Coordinator to notify any courts or law-enforcement agencies who possess records pertaining to the case to have the records expunged. Such courts and agencies are to provide written notice to the Coordinator to confirm the expungement was completed.

House Bill 379 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Dukes, Hensely, D.Short, M.Smith, Yearick, Chukwuocha, K.Johnson, Kowalko, Lambert, Minor-Brown, S.Moore, Morrison, Osienski, K.Williams
Poore, Gay, Hansen, Sturgeon, Hocker, Lopez, Pettyjohn, Wilson
Current Status: House Judiciary 4/13/22

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