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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1535         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 773


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



James B. Eldridge


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to expungement of criminal records.






James B. Eldridge


Patricia D. Jehlen


George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Sonia Chang-Diaz


John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Karen E. Spilka


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1535        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 773

By Mr. Eldridge, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 773) of Spilka, O'Day, Malia and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to expungement of criminal records [Joint Committee on the Judiciary].

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to expungement of criminal records.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1.  Section 100 of chapter 276 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

              SECTION 100E: In case of fraud, misidentification, or other good cause as determined by the court, the commissioner of probation shall expunge said court appearance and disposition recorded in his files and the clerk and the probation officers of the courts in which the proceedings occurred or were initiated shall likewise expunge the records of the proceedings in their files. No individual, court, or other entity, including but not limited to agencies as defined in previous sections of chapter 6, shall have access to any expunged criminal offender record information.

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