Assembly panel to take input on criminal record expungement

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative committee is set to take public comments on a bill that would allow more convicts to have their records erased.

The Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety is set to hold a public hearing on the measure Thursday in the state Capitol.

Currently judges can order expungement if the conviction is for a Class H felony or below, the crime wasn't violent, the person committed the crime before age 25 and has no previous felony conviction. Expungement is contingent upon sentence completion and must be ordered during sentencing.

The bill would remove the age limitation and allow convicts to request expungement upon sentence completion if it wasn't ordered. If expunged the crime wouldn't be considered a conviction for employment purposes.