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A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on a proposed expansion in the expungement of criminal records in Rhode Island. Supporters call expungement a way for former offenders to overcome past mistakes.
Deacon Jay Parker was one of the people to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Parker says criminal charges from more than 20 years ago have been an obstacle when he’s applied for jobs.
Rhode Island state representative Gregg Amore is proposing a crackdown on drunk drivers. Under a bill he submitted, drivers with a DUI conviction or those who refuse a breath test would be required to have ignition interlock systems installed in their cars. The device requires a driver to submit to a breath test before starting their car.
Seventeen other states have similar laws, including Connecticut and New York.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, states where ignition interlock programs have significantly reduced recidivism rates.