AG Nessel Supports 'Clean Slate' Legislation for Expungement Process

Contact: Ryan Jarvi 517-599-2746
Agency: Attorney General

October 12, 2020

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today signed into law a package of bills that expands the state’s expungement offerings for more residents to give them a “clean slate” by removing certain past criminal convictions from their public records: 

“Prior to being elected, I served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Wayne County as well as a criminal defense attorney. I can tell you from first-hand experience that the expungement process in our state was in serious need of reform. We not only needed to expand the types and numbers of offenses that could be eligible for expungements, but we also needed to make that process more accessible to our residents. This package of bills accomplishes both of these missions and that is why I consider it a step forward in Michigan’s effort to implement lasting criminal justice reforms.” 

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