Change Michigan Expungement law

Change Michigan Expungement law

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Clark Berry started this petition to Michigan State House and

Hello my name is Clark Berry I was born and raised in Detroit, MI, I am currently 33 years of age. I am very educated, I hold two associates in criminal justice, a bachelors in criminal justice with a minor in human service, I also hold two masters degrees in homeland security and public administration. The goal and sole purpose of this petition is to help the citizens of Michigan the chance at rehabilitation when entering back into society when being release from prison, jail, probation, and parole. Like the state of California when completion of probation you are instantly eligible to get your record expunged unlike here in Michigan us Michiganders have to wait a total of 5 years after completion of probation. Having a record is very hard for many individuals I can contest to this this because back in 2014 I was basically charged, prosecuted, and convicted of felony assault for defending myself.  These years of not being able to work in my field that I grew passionate about or work any job has been a major struggle but in October 2020 I will be able to get my record my expunged and hopefully work in the field that I love. Some people say to me all the time how can you still want to work in the criminal justice field after what you have endured and I tell them “Yes I have endured a lot through the system but one thing the system DID NOT break me and won’t break me”. I plan on working in the field that was very unjust to me so people like me won’t have to go through the pain I went through. Like I stated before these past 6 years have been a struggle but I have managed to get by with the support of friends and family. I feel that once a person has completed probation they should be able to have the same right as the individuals in California to have their record cleared for a fresh start. When having a record you are automatically judged and made out to be this horrible person that you know you are not and employers, landlords, and etc won’t take the time to get to know the real you. We are all human and make mistakes and it’s not fair the rich are able to get this type of things cleared up and can move on with life but individuals that are middle and poor class are judged instantly. So by signing this petition let’s tell the state of Michigan we deserve a chance at redemption just like the next man. 

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