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Criminal Justice & Legal System

New Michigan law makes it easier to erase juvenile crimes

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill to make it easier for people to wipe juvenile crimes off their record.

The new law will allow people to go to court to erase up to three offenses a year after the case is closed, instead of five years. The old law allowed only one offense to be expunged.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, was easily approved in the Michigan House and Senate before the Legislature's recent adjournment.

Haveman says the new law will help people who made bad decisions at a young age and are facing barriers to college, employment or the military.

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