Senate Panel OKs Resolution on Juvenile Records

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A Senate panel approved a plan requesting the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission further study the practice of expunging some juvenile criminal records.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul sponsored the joint resolution, which the Senate Executive Committee advanced Wednesday. He's also backed legislation that essentially erases arrest records for young people who weren't charged or convicted of alleged crimes. That measure passed the House.

Proponents say expunging some records gives young people a better chance to get jobs, go to college and avoid gang violence. Others are concerned because the measure doesn't guarantee that some lower-level arrest records wouldn't be made public.

The commission is a state advisory group to the governor. The resolution asks that the commission look further at expunging records and issues of confidentiality.

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