Clean Slate: How Ditching A Criminal Record Is No Easy Task
In New York, more than 600,000 people are eligible to have their criminal records sealed, but only 825 people have done so. Many people are simply unaware that they are eligible for record sealing, and many more can’t navigate the process on their own. In the digital era, criminal records are available to employers, landlords, colleges, and universities. That means that any run-in with the law—no matter how long ago or how minor—can be a barrier to opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people. Clean slate legislation does the important work of automating record-clearing processes to ensure people with records get a real shot at a second chance.