Owens: Time to 'walk the walk' when talking about giving non-violent ex-felons second chances

11/20/2013 10:34 PM

For more than 94,000 Kentuckians, a single mistake continues to haunt each one of them, barring them from getting certain jobs, expanding their businesses, volunteering at their children’s’ schools or even going hunting.

It’s what one public defender calls “an economic death sentence.”

On Thursday, Rep. Darryl T. Owens, D-Louisville, will pre-file a bill for the 2014 legislative session to provide a path to redemption for those 94,000 Kentuckians, who have a single non-violent felony on their records.

Owens will try for a second consecutive session to pass a felony expungement bill. It’s modeled off of the process in Indiana, which is one of 17 states that have some form of expungement process.

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