Class D felony Expungement
Posted in the Jefferson County Forum
Currently in the state of Kentucky, there is no such thing as felony expungement in the state of Kentucky. So if you received a felony in the past, it is stuck with you for life. You will be destined to have crappy jobs, if you can find one at all. You will be turned down for housing, etc. The law needs to be changed.
There should be a law, that people who have Class D felonies and who have shown to be good citizens can have their felony expunged after 10 years. If you have jumped through the hoops, done what you have supposed to do, and you have turned your life around, then you should be able to get a chance at a normal life.
The only way to have this done is, everyone who has a Class D felony in the state of Kentucky and who has stayed out of trouble for at least 10 years, needs to contact their Kentucky Legislator / State Representative and have them propose a Bill to get the law changed. Go to this website, select the county that you are in, and contact you State Representative to present a bill to have the law changed.
The House of Rep voted on and passed the bill allowing class D felonies to be expunged. Now is the interim period between regular sessions for the Senate Judiciary Committee. They are the Committee that passes Laws in the State of Kentucky. They will hold meetings once a month to discuss what will be addressed in the November regular session. I encourage you to contact the Senate Judiciary members and encourage them to vote on and pass HB 47. The law that will allow non-violent felons who have proven to be good citizens over a period of 10 years, to get their Class D felonies expunged, so that they can get on with their lives and become productive citizens. This will allow them to get jobs and become productive citizens, not a burden on the system and others. No matter what your standpoint is on this topic there is something that you have to consider. The recidivism rate for felony offenders is high. That is in part due to the fact that those felons who would otherwise be productive citizens cannot find jobs and support themselves or their families. Giving low risk felons a chance at a new beginning, is a good incentive for felons not to re-offend, because they know that if they do well during the 10 year period, they will have a chance at a good life. When people are pushed into a corner and they are out of options, they may do things that they would not normally do.
For example: if a personís family is hungry, and they canít get housing or jobs, that person may do something that they would never dream of doing had circumstances be different. It may be a bad choice, but between the choice of going hungry, being homeless and broke, and not being employable or eligible for state or government help, that person may have very limited choices to survive. They may take the point of view for example ď What am I supposed to do, I canít eat, I have no way to pay rent, I have no way to feed my family, I am not employable, I have 2 options, break the law to get money or lay down and DIE.Ē Most likely they are not going to lie down and die. So then the cycle continues. A person who made 1 mistake years ago, has now graduated up to more serious crimes, which will probably evolve into a persistent felony offender. We can break a big part of this cycle by convincing the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on and pass HB 47.
Senate Judiciary Committee Members:
Sen. Katie Stine [Vice Chair]
Sen. Perry B. Clark
Sen. Carroll Gibson
Sen. Sara Beth Gregory
Sen. Ray S. Jones II
Sen. Jerry P. Rhoads
Sen. John Schickel
Sen. Dan "Malano" Seum
Sen. Robert Stivers II
Sen. Robin L. Webb
|Victim identified, charges possible in Southern...||1 hr||LouisvilleKYreport||3|
|Missing woman's body found in van at Lyndon apa... (Apr '10)||Jul 5||mommyof2beautifulangels||2|
|Louisville councilman defends aide accused of u...||Jun 26||Truth||1|
|Norton Audubon Hspt, New Vision Detox||Jun '14||kay||1|
|jesse stuart high school (Apr '07)||May '14||Gary Calhoun||58|
|Injuries reported in accident between JCPS bus ...||May '14||LouisvilleKYreport||2|
|Postal worker caught throwing packages||Apr '14||The Way We Were||2|