Washington State Passes Law Sealing Juvenile Records

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A measure restricting access to juvenile records passed the Washington state Legislature Wednesday,

As JJIE reported March 6, the bill, HB 1651, restricts access to all juvenile records except the worst felony offenses, such as violent crimes and sexual assaults.

Prior to passage of the law juvenile records could only be sealed after a lengthy and complicated process. However, even if the court sealed the records, private consumer reporting companies could still purchase state data files that included information from juvenile records.

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