Discussion continued regarding the crimes for which record sealing is affected by HB 19-1275.
Mr. Jonathan McMillan, representing My Brother's Keeper, testified in support of the bill. He discussed his background, and the circumstances under which individuals gain criminal records. He discussed the burdens of having a criminal record.
Mr. Jack Regenbogen, representing the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, testified in support of the bill. Committee members received a fact sheet supporting the bill (Attachment D). Mr. Regenbogen discussed the impact of a criminal record on the ability of individuals to gain employment.
Ms. Molly Bowers, representing Focus Reentry, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Bowers discussed the circumstances under which people gain criminal records, and the process of seeking to have one's criminal records sealed.
Ms. Jill Wildenberg, representing the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Wildenberg read a statement.
Mr. Art Way, representing the Drug Policy Alliance, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Way discussed the barriers created by criminal records, and suggested some potential amendments to the bill. He spoke in support of records expungement. Mr. McMillan responded to questions regarding efforts to have his records sealed. Discussion returned to the crimes covered by the bill. Mr. Way responded to questions regarding his position on expungement.