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CRIMINAL RECORD SET ASIDES

Clean Slate ​

Criminal record set asides (sometimes referred to as "expungement") can help more people have the opportunity to find good jobs and secure safe and affordable housing. A "clean slate" can help strengthen families, communities, local economies across the state, and promote public safety. For example, a study​ by two University of Michigan Law School professors found that those whose criminal records are set aside experience "a sharp upturn in their wage and employment trajectories."

Setting aside a conviction is the process that clears a public criminal record. In Michigan, there is one process to set aside a conviction on an adult record and a different process to set aside a juvenile conviction, called an adjudication. 

Use the Michigan Legal Help links below for more information on how to set aside a criminal record.

'CLEAN SLATE' legislation

Recent legislation makes Michigan a national leader in helping residents more easily
set aside criminal records and a get a "clean slate." The new laws make set asides
automatic for certain offenses; however, for some offenses, parties will need to apply for a set aside. 

While these new laws take effect on April 11, 2021, court and law enforcement authorities were allowed two years to secure funding and coordinate plans to allow for automatic set aside of some offenses. That means automatic set asides will not be implemented until April 2023, at the earliest.

Highlights of the "Clean Slate" package include:
  • ​Creating an automatic process for setting aside eligible misdemeanors after seven years and eligible non-assaultive felonies after 10 years. [NOTE: Not implemented until April 2023.]
  • Expanding the number and revises the types of felonies and misdemeanors eligible to be set aside by application. [NOTE: A revised application form will be available on this page prior to the effective date of April 11, 2021.]
  • Revising the waiting periods before being eligible to apply for a set aside. 
  • Treating multiple felonies or misdemeanor offenses arising from the same transaction as a single felony or misdemeanor conviction, provided the offenses happened within 24 hours of one another and are not assaultive crimes, or involves possession or use of a dangerous weapon, or is a crime that carries penalty of 10 or more years in prison.  
  • Expanding set aside eligibility to various traffic offenses.
  • Allowing a person to petition to set aside one or more marijuana offenses if the offense would not have been a crime if committed after the use of recreational marijuana by adults became legal in the state.

View the full text of the bills in the "Clean Slate" package:

House Bill 4980 - introduced by Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-53rd District)
House Bill 4981 - introduced by Rep. Pauline Wendzel (R-69th District)
House Bill 4982 - introduced by Rep. Luke Meerman (R-88th District)
House Bill 4983 - introduced by Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-53rd District)
House Bill 4984 - introduced by Rep. David LaGrand (D-75th District)
House Bill 4985 - introduced by Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-8th District)
House Bill 5120 - introduced by the late Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-4th District)


'CLEAN SLATE' BILL SIGNING (OCT. 2020)
  
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signing "Clean Slate" bill package into law on
October 12, 2020. Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist applauds. 
(Photo: Office of the Governor)
 
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'CLEAN SLATE FOR KIDS' 
​​​Early in 2021, Governor Whitmer signed the bipartisan Clean Slate for Kids
package, which aims to ensure a fresh start for youth exiting the juvenile justice system. Clean Slate for Kids reforms Michigan’s juvenile criminal justice laws to seal juvenile court records from public view and create a process to automatically expunge juvenile records for those who don’t commit future offenses.​

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'PROJECT ACCESS' NEWS CONFERENCE (JULY 2019)​​​​   

Prior to passage of the "Clean Slate" legislation, courts were working with other justice system stakeholders through the "Project Access" program to help individuals navigate the current process to set aside criminal conviction.   

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Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, alongside stakeholder/partners, announcing "Project Access" Traveling Expungement Clinics in 2019.


​Letter from Governor Gre​​​tchen Whitmer welcoming Project Acces​s program​​

July 26, 2019 ​​​​​​​​​​​


Traveling Expungement Cl​inic​​s Press Confer​​ence​​

July 25, 2019 (VIDEO)​

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