When people in prison are released, they may feel apprehensive about continuing their lives. They may have good reason for this discomfort, as those with criminal records often face discrimination, whether from society at large or when attempting to get a job. Fortunately, some people in Kentucky may qualify for an expungement, as laws have been expanded to include people with certain felony convictions. Advocates say that this and other measures have the potential to benefit a great number of people who simply want to move forward with their lives.
Some time ago, the state of Kentucky realized that its prison population was growing in a way that concerned lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. The result was a House Bill that reduced incarceration rates for drug charges. The money saved by this measure was redirected into funding drug abuse treatment programs. Supporters say that the bill, which also made some felony crimes into misdemeanors, emphasized rehabilitation over time in prison.
This was just the beginning, as just a few years later, legislation that expanded the parameters for expunging felony convictions passed. Another bill signed just last year built upon the previous one, making the threshold to qualify for an expungement easier to attain. Advocates are optimistic that all of these measures will help people and their families create better lives for themselves by getting needed treatment and having greater ability to rejoin society.
Getting a conviction taken off of people’s records can help change their lives for the better. Many people who leave prison or serve their sentence in another way simply want the ability to be a part of their communities, and improving their access to employment or a home loan can help. Those here in Kentucky who want more information regarding expungements may want to consult an attorney who can advise them about the process.