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Minnesota gives criminals second chance

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans convicted of crimes long ago, but who have turned their lives around, may get a new lease on life.

A bill Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law Wednesday gives judges more options to permanently seal records of reformed offenders.

 

The new law is meant to help people with criminal backgrounds to have an easier time finding homes and housing. It is a process known as "expungement."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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