Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Support the Second Chance Act Today

As you all know, the Second Chance Act passed the Senate unanimously several weeks ago. The House has yet to take action.
 
Senate Bill 526 would allow people to petition the courts to shield certain nonviolent misdemeanor convictions - such as disorderly conduct, drug possession, prostitution, driving with a license and others - from public view after a three (3) year waiting period.  Law enforcement and certain entities that are required to access criminal background information would retain access to shielded records. Here’s a link to the bill text: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2015RS/bills/sb/sb0526T.pdf.
 
The House Judiciary Committee is considering amending the bill to allow for only ONE CONVICTION PER LIFETIME to be shielded. This will leave a lot of people in recovery who have criminal records from taking advantage of this law which is intended to help people obtain stable housing and employment, two things crucial for many people in their recovery.
 
PLEASE CONTACT THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY! If you live or work in a county represented by one of its members, please call their offices today to urge them to pass the Senate version of the Second Chance Act.
 
If you work and live in a county not represented on the committee, please call your own delegates and ask them to urge their colleagues on the committee to pass the Senate version of the Second Chance Act.
 
Here’s a list of the committee:
 
Prince George’s County
Montgomery County
Baltimore City
Howard County
Prince George’s County
Baltimore City
Baltimore County
Baltimore City
Harford County
Howard & Carroll Counties
Anne Arundel County
Harford County
Montgomery County
Montgomery County
Washington County
St. Mary’s County
Baltimore City
Montgomery County
Baltimore County
Prince George’s County
Washington County