ATLANTA - New legislation would restrict access to the criminal records of certain convicted criminals.
The Fulton County District Attorney, the Georgia Justice Project, and others came out in support of the bill Monday afternoon at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
It would allow citizens convicted of non-violent crimes to restrict access to their criminal records.
Proponents of the bill said many of these men and women are still haunted by actions from decades ago and deserve a second chance.
Around two dozen states have similar legislation for non-violent felony convictions.
More than two-thirds of U.S. states have record restriction in place for non-violent misdemeanor convictions.