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News 6.22.18

Long-awaited ‘clean slate’ bill moves to Gov. Wolf

The Pennsylvania state Senate unanimously passed the Clean Slate Act, and the bill is now headed to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf. The Clean Slate Act, also known as H.B. 1419, automatically seals the criminal records for minor, nonviolent offenders, removing a large, expensive administrative burden and opening the doors to opportunity for thousands of Pennsylvanians who have paid their debt to society. Once Gov. Wolf signs the bill into law, Pennsylvania will become the first state pass clean slate legislation.

News 6.22.18

Bill giving some criminal offenders a second chance at a ‘clean slate’ advances

Nearly 1 in 3 Pennsylvania adults has some type of criminal record—creating obstacles to education, housing, and employment. Monday, Pennsylvania’s Senate Judiciary Committee approved clean slate legislation, which would automatically seal minor, nonviolent criminal records for people who have remained crime-free for 10 years. The measure, which has bipartisan support, is also supported by 81 percent of Pennsylvanians.

News 5.15.18

Restoring opportunity, delivering on the promise voters intended

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office announced a new partnership with Code For America to develop and implement an automated criminal record-clearing process, starting with convictions eligible under Proposition 64 to legalize marijuana. The innovative partnership will restore opportunity to thousands of individuals with marijuana convictions, with no action required from the individual and little staff time or resources from the district attorney’s office. Code for America plans to expand the pilot program to bring automated record clearing to other counties in California, with the goal of clearing 250,000 records by 2019.

News 4.24.18

Meek Mill is exhibit A of nation’s broken probation system

Award-winning rapper Meek Mill has been released from a Pennsylvania prison, after spending months behind bars for a minor violation of the terms of his probation. The musician’s experience has helped shine light on the failings of the American community supervision system, which imposes unnecessarily prohibitive restrictions on the lives of millions of Americans, setting them up to be reincarcerated.

News 4.16.18

Simplifying How the Courts Seal Criminal Records

With clean slate, Pennsylvania has the chance to provide real criminal justice reform. The clean slate process uses technology to automatically seal the records of certain criminal records, saving thousands of dollars in government resources and funds. The initiative has gained bipartisan support and has the potential to give second chances to thousands of Pennsylvanians.

News 12.11.17

Here’s why Uber supports this Pa. criminal justice reform effort

Clean slate bolsters the economy by expanding access to work for job seekers with criminal records, explains Uber’s senior manager for public affairs in Pennsylvania. If just 100 people with criminal records were able to secure jobs in the region, it would yield $55 million in wages and $1.9 million in taxable income over the course of a lifetime. Automatic record-clearing proposals, such as Pennsylvania’s clean slate law, help ensure that a past mistake does not stand in the way of earning a living.