Less-Serious Arrest Records Erased for Kids not Charged with a Crime

CHICAGO (AP) -- Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation to erase some arrest records for children who were not charged with a crime.

   The legislation approved Saturday automatically clears records in less-serious, non-violent cases upon the person's 18th birthday.

   The law takes effect January 1st. It will exclude sex-related offenses, higher-level felony arrests and those occurring within the previous six months.

   Supporters say the law will give youths a better chance to get jobs, enter college and avoid gang violence.

   Some lawmakers were concerned because the measure does not guarantee that some lower-level arrest records will not be made public.

   The Democratic governor said Saturday the new law, known as the "clean slate" measure, will ensure youths "have every opportunity to land a job and succeed in life."
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