Christie signs criminal record expungement bills

Christie signs criminal record expungement bills

Excerpted from a newjersey.com story by Dustin Racioppi

Gov. Chris Christie in December signed a package of “life-saving” bills changing New Jersey’s criminal record expungement system.

The three measures, which were approved by the Democratic Legislature earlier in the month, are designed to remove barriers for past offenders by shortening waiting times for records to be scrubbed and strengthening the state’s “ban the box” law.

Christie, a Republican who leaves office next month after two terms, hailed the bills’ sponsors at a bill-signing ceremony and touted their passage as another example of his bipartisan achievements on criminal justice. He’s also enacted bail reform, made drug courts a requirement for non-violent offenders and converted Mid-State Correctional Facility into a drug-treatment center for prisoners.

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