States across the country are taking action to enact clean slate policies. This toolkit includes the following ways to join the campaign and take action: talking points, frequently asked questions, sample op-eds, sample letters to the editor, and sample social media and shareable graphics.
NFL players Malcolm Jenkins and Torrey Smith voice their support for Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Act. Jenkins and Smith, both players with ties to the Philadelphia community, explain why clean slate is a game-changer for millions of Pennsylvanians and their families. With a clean slate, people who need opportunities will no longer be held back by a past mistake.
This first-of-its-kind study offers policy recommendations for eliminating unnecessary barriers and legal restrictions associated with a criminal record, based on the real-life experiences of justice-involved Californians and the challenges they face. Survey data show that more than three-quarters of people with records have faced roadblocks to opportunity, including nearly half that report difficulty finding employment and one-quarter who struggle to find housing. Solutions such as automated record-clearing and streamlined expungement processes can help ensure that millions of Americans are able to get the second chance they deserve.
U.S. Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Rod Blum (R-IA) announce the introduction of the Clean Slate Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill that automatically seals all federal criminal records for marijuana charges or other minor drug-related offenses. The Clean Slate Act will expand access to employment, housing, and education for everyday Americans with criminal records, and will help employers fill the 6.7 million job vacancies nationwide. And importantly, the Clean Slate Act is a step toward reversing the harmful consequences and long-term barriers created by U.S. drug enforcement policies over the past several decades.
Justice Action Network Applauds Reps. Rod Blum and Lisa Blunt Rochester for Introducing Bipartisan Clean Slate Bill
U.S. Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Rod Blum (R-IA) introduced clean slate legislation at the federal level. A landmark development for criminal justice reform, the federal Clean Slate Act will help people previously shut out of opportunities find jobs, education, training, and housing by automatically clearing criminal records for certain offenses.
Bipartisan federal clean slate legislation was introduced in Congress in August 2018, bringing together such unlikely bedfellows as the Congressional Black Caucus and the Freedom Caucus. CAP applauds the introduction of this important legislation as an important federal counterpart to advance clean slate legislation in the states—and as a counterpart to marijuana decriminalization efforts, as the bipartisan bill will automatically seals all federal criminal records for marijuana charges or other minor drug-related offenses. The federal Clean Slate Act represents an important step toward reversing the damage done by U.S. drug enforcement policies over the past several decades.
Across party lines, voters support giving people a second chance. That’s why current and former NFL players have partnered with justice-involved individuals to advocate for clean slate legislation in order to remove obstacles to housing, employment, and education for people with records.