There’s not much I can say except this is a bad idea:
The provision, which passed the Legislature’s Finance Committee 9-6 earlier this week, would expand judges’ authority to expunge criminal convictions. The current law, in effect since 1975, allows judges to expunge a first-time misdemeanor conviction of perpetrators who were 21 or younger. The budget provision would expand that authority, increasing the maximum age to 25 and including some felonies. It also would remove any trace of the conviction from the public record.
Expungement shouldn’t be easy, nor should it be available for felons who’ve committed offenses like possession of illegal drugs with intent to deliver. Governor Doyle got this one wrong, in my humble opinion.
The Reasonable Progressive has more.