Editorial: Expungement can have big benefits

Everybody deserves a second chance.

Even the Indiana Legislature.

Last session, it drastically expanded Indiana citizens’ options to expunge their own criminal records. Known as the Second Chance Law, the measure signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence took effect in July, so its full effects are not yet clear. Certain crimes cannot ever be expunged, including murder, rape, sexual molestation and human trafficking. Some other very serious felonies require consent of the prosecutor. But old, nonviolent, low-level felonies and misdemeanors can be taken off a person’s record automatically.

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