Report: Juveniles With Criminal Records Held Back

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SPRINGFIELD-----A state operated commission's report says juveniles with criminal records have an uphill battle when it comes to getting jobs, learning, or a place to live.

The Juvenile Justice Commission released the report Thursday. It found that expensive fees and strict eligibility rules are part of the problems young people face to have their records expunged.

The commission says an average of 3 in 1,000 juvenile arrest records were expunged from 2004 to 2014. According to the report, weak confidentiality laws are allowing schools, prospective employers and landlords who should have limited access to see records.

The commission recommends eliminating juvenile expungement fees that can be as high as $320 and limiting public access to juvenile records.

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