Rick Larsen, Sutherland Institute president and CEO, released the following statement commending Utah's Legislature for passing HB 431 — Expungement Act Amendments:

"Every so often, lawmakers have the opportunity to pass a law that will improve public safety, increase government efficiency, and change thousands of lives," Larsen said. "The clean slate initiative legislation – HB 431 – Expungement Amendments – was that bill this year. Utahns believe in justice – but we also strongly believe in second chances. Once offenders pay their debt to society, they should be encouraged as they rebuild their lives, not confronted with barriers that make it difficult for them to provide for their families and lead fulfilling lives.

"Sutherland has been witness to the thoughtful and compassionate manner in which Utah legislators have studied and passed HB 431. This act allows thousands of Utahns to look forward to their future rather than backward at past mistakes. We applaud the Legislature for their work on this bill."