DETROIT — Today, a bipartisan group of legislators announced a plan to expand Michigan’s expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old, low-level criminal convictions the opportunity for a fresh start. The six-bill package includes legislation to broaden the eligibility for expungements, shorten the waiting period for expungement eligibility and establish an automatic expungement system for certain offenses. In response, state Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit), who attended the press conference with former House Democratic Floor Leader Mary Waters and Pastor Kevin Harris, issued the following statement:

“I am encouraged by the bipartisan approach to these reforms of our criminal justice system. All too often, we neglect our fellow citizens trying to reintegrate into society. This plan has presented several good first steps, and I look forward to taking a deeper dive into this issue while working with my colleagues and constituents as this package goes through the legislative process.”