Boyd hopes to seal records for former criminals

A. Drew Smith
Fort Smith Times Record
State Rep. Justin Boyd

A state representative for Fort Smith is the lead sponsor of a House bill that aims to improve the chances for people with low-level felonies to get work.

State Rep. Justin Boyd introduced a bill that would allow records to be sealed on Class C and D felonies. The bill has been presented to the House Judiciary Committee after being pulled to add an amendment. 

According to Boyd, these amendments will make the bill more efficient. As of Friday, he is waiting to hear back from the public defender for the final draft.

Boyd said the bill is scheduled to go before the House Judiciary again on March 2. He hopes it will go before the governor within two weeks of that date.

The records eligible for sealing are nonviolent Class C or D felonies. These include theft and criminal mischief up to $25,000.