Because there is an imbalance of justice in the law. Because it's time for California to care more about the victims and the families they leave behind than the criminals who don't have the human decency to stay.
Victims of human trafficking are often forced to commit crimes. With misdemeanor crimes on their records like loitering and trespassing, theft, survivors are often unable to find a job. As survivors work toward building a new life, they find these obstacles within the justice system that make starting a new life almost impossible.
AB 262 will make it faster and easier for survivors to clear their record of nonviolent offenses so they can begin their new lives.