Thank you, Michigan, for passing Clean Slate for Kids!

In Michigan, youth who come in contact with law enforcement have not previously had the protections many assume they do.  Many juvenile court records were accessible to the general public, which may have hindered the youth's chance of finding employment, housing, or even getting into college. Although many youth are eventually eligible for sealing the record of their juvenile adjudications, there were significant barriers to completing the process.

Thanks to the efforts of MCYJ supporters, Senator Irwin, Senator Lucido, the Michigan legislature, and Governor Whitmer this has changed. 

What is record confidentiality?

Most people presume juvenile records are confidential. That is, no one but the courts and the child's parents are able to access the record. Prior to the passage of SB 681 and SB 682, this was false. Court information (for example, date, time, and room) could be found online or by calling the court. 

Thanks to SB 682, the list of people with access to that information is limited to those relevant to the youth's case.

Legislative Overview

 
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Previous Set Aside Legislation
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Previous Record Confidentiality Legislation
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What the new law does:
Record Confidentiality
 

Resources

Overview of New and Previous Legislation

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