Bevin signs law allowing some felons to erase their records

Matt Bevin

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Some convicted felons in Kentucky will be able to ask a judge to erase their criminal records under a bill Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law.

Bevin signed the bill during a ceremony on Tuesday in the state Capitol. He called it an incredibly momentous piece of legislation that is good for America and good for mankind.

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The bill allows people convicted of certain felonies to ask a judge to vacate their sentences. Convicts have to pay a fee of $500. People must wait at least five years after the completion of their sentences and not have any other pending charges to be eligible.

Advocates say the bill will help convicts who have turned their lives around have better opportunities for jobs, education and housing.


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