Bill Summary for H 571 (2017-2018)

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Apr 26 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 571 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 5, 2017
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE AUTOMATIC EXPUNCTION OF A PERSON'S RECORD IF THE PERSON IS WRONGLY CONVICTED, INCARCERATED, AND EXONERATED.
Intro. by Hanes, Hardister, Dobson, Quick.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition:

Amends the long title.

Applies proposed GS 15A-149A to any person who, having been convicted of a felony and having been imprisoned therefor in a prison of this State and who is determined to be innocent of all charges (currently, any person wrongfully convicted and incarcerated but later discharged from prison). Deletes the provision requiring a court to hold a hearing on the expunction application. Replaces, on the list of entities required to expunge records, the Division of Adult Correction with the Department of Public Safety, Combined Records Section and the State Bureau of Investigation.

Deletes provision appropriating funds to the Judicial Department.

Adds that the act provides that an individual exonerated before December 1, 2017, may petition the court for an expunction.

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