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Special Committee on Expunction of Criminal Records

Chair: Rep. Robin Vos
Legislative Council Staff: Don Dyke and William Ford
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The special committee is directed to study the circumstances under which records related to civil forfeiture and criminal proceedings may be expunged by Wisconsin courts and other record custodians.  The circumstances to be considered include whether a record subject is a first offender, the age of the record subject, the time that has elapsed since the proceeding was commenced or the record subject was convicted, and the nature or seriousness of the crime or violation.

Proposed Report to the Joint Legislative Council (June 12, 2007)
  • Proposed Report to the Legislature (no legislation)
December 19, 2006 Meeting
  • WLC: 0015/1, a draft creating a conditional discharge procedure applicable to most misdemeanors and making the current expunction statute inapplicable to future violations
  • Memorandum, Proposed Legislation for December 19, 2006 Meeting, to the Special Committee from Bob Anderson and Sheila Sullivan, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. (December 4, 2006)
November 21, 2006 Meeting
  • Memo No. 3, Initial Issues for Committee Consideration (November 9, 2006)
  • Memorandum, Survey of State Expungement Statutes, with two enclosed tables, from Lynn Deavers, Aaron Eidelman and Eric Gibson of the law firm of Dow, Lohnes and Albertson (August 3, 2005)
  • Letter, Regarding Proposed Legislation for the Benefit of Wisconsin's Exonerees, with enclosures, from Attorney Mary C. Delaney (September 26, 2006)
  • Letter, with enclosures, from Attorney Raymond M. DallíOsto (October 4, 2006)
  • Memo, Special Committee on Expunction of Criminal Records:  Comment and Recommendations, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc
  • Cover letter, enclosing letter to Representative Vos, from Special Committee member Judge Gary Carlson
September 28, 2006 Meeting
  • Memo No. 1, Laws on Expunction and Removal of Records Relating to Criminal Proceedings (September 19, 2006)
  • Memo No. 2, Selected Initial Background Information (September 19, 2006)
    • Final Report, Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Oversight Committee, March 2006
    • Information, regarding the Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP), from the Wisconsin Court System website
    • Frequently Asked Questions, Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (WCCA), from the Wisconsin Court System website
    • Chapter SCR 72, Retention and Maintenance of Court Records
    • Information, regarding the Crime Information Bureauís criminal history database, from the State Department of Justiceís website
  • WCCA Action Plan, from A. John Voelker, Director of State Courts
  • Fingerprint Record Removal Request, and Statutes of Interest, submitted by Mike Roberts, Administrator, Division of Law Enforcement Services, Wisconsin Department of Justice