Data shows a correlation between education and incarceration. Justice-involved youth are a key subpopulation of Opportunity Youth. (The red bars illustrate the percentage of young Hartford males not in school and not working.) These youth are often turned away from industries and jobs that require no criminal record.
SB 366 would ensure that juvenile records are automatically erased and destroyed for delinquent youth who have not been involved in the system for two years and who have not been convicted of Serious Juvenile Offenses. This bill will help remedy the vast racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities between children who do and do not have their records erased because of their lack of awareness the current, nonautomatic erasure procedure in Connecticut. Because juvenile records can affect juveniles’ employment and academic prospects, it is important that every juvenile who has not been convicted of a serious offense is afforded the same opportunity in having his or her record erased.