[r32] Rep. Turner named ‘Public Policy Advocate of the Year’ (9/27/2011)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Start Date: 9/27/2011
End Date: 9/27/2011
STATEHOUSE – Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) accepted the Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition’s ‘Advocate of the Year’ award on Saturday. The award recognizes Rep. Turner’s work on the ‘Second Chance Law’, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1211. 

Rep. Turner authored HEA 1211, the second chance law, a law aiming to improve outcomes for those pursuing educational or professional goals after having served their complete sentence for a non-violent criminal conviction.

“I am grateful for this award and thankful for the mission of the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition and the work they have done,” said Rep. Turner. “I am incredibly thankful to be a part of a bill that is based on redemption. Those individuals who made a mistake in the past, who have been charged and convicted, are given the chance to petition to wipe the slate clean.”

The first component of the legislation allows a person charged with certain crimes to petition a court to restrict disclosure of arrest records related to arrest if they are not prosecuted or charges are dismissed, they are acquitted of criminal charges, or a conviction is vacated.

The second component to qualify for the petition requires the individual to wait eight years after completion of the related sentence, being released from prison or from parole and they must not be a sex offender or a violent offender. The individual must also not have been convicted of a felony since the completion of the sentence.

If limited access is granted to an individual, they would not be required to disclose their conviction on employment applications. The law aims to improve outcomes for those pursuing educational or professional goals after having served a sentence for a non-violent criminal conviction.

“For individuals and for individual families, the impact of this legislation is vast. It means they can petition the court, have their record sealed and be able to pursue job opportunities to provide for themselves and their families,” said Rep. Turner.

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