On July 13th, Teens Leading the Way organized a State House rally to press for legislation expunging misdemeanor offenses committed by juveniles from criminal records. The Senate passed an expungement bill last week, so advocates are now asking the House to take up this legislation before formal session closes at the end of July.
A recent opinion piece in CommonWealth Magazine summarizes the public safety benefits that Massachusetts could reap by eliminating juvenile records:
To underscore why we should give all youth a legitimate second chance at success, Jamel Bonilla of UTEC shared his story:
In addition, Representatives Aaron Vega and Kay Khan spoke about the importance of passing this bill:
It’s great to see so many young people advocating for criminal justice reforms to solve problems that deeply impact their communities. Please Share Your Story and encourage others to do so as well!
- Geoff Foster, Director of Organizing and Policymaking at UTEC