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Utah group pushes for lower costs to expunge criminal records

SALT LAKE CITY — A libertarian group is fighting to lower costs for Utahns who want to expunge their criminal records.

The Libertas Group says Utahns could pay up to $200 in court fees to clear their records. Representatives of the group addressed the Utah Sentencing Commission on Wednesday.

The think tank wants them waived for low-level drug offenders if they stay sober, Utahns acquitted in criminal cases or deemed unable to hire attorneys, and privatizing criminal court records for those follow court orders.

The Libertas Group also wants lawmakers to get a grant to host more expungement sessions to help Utahns navigate the process and save on administrative costs for state courts.