ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Thousands of Maryland residents with criminal histories may get a second chance.
On Monday the General Assembly approved a bill that allows shielding certain non-violent offenses from the public eye.READ MORE: ‘It’s Not Working,’ Council Member Frustrated At Relentless Violence In Baltimore As Police Defend Crime Plan
The measure that made it past the General Assembly would allow a person to request a shield for offenses in one jurisdiction, but it would not cross county lines if the person wants to hide additional convictions elsewhere.READ MORE: National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado Hit Bowie, Second Tornado In Anne Arundel County
The final version is less sweeping in scope than the original bill, which would have allowed applying for a shield across county lines.
Under the rules, people can apply for shields if they have served their sentences, including probation and parole, and have maintained clean records for three years.MORE NEWS: AAA Worker Killed While Helping Stranded Driver In Prince George's County
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