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.
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.
Any criminal record—even an arrest that never led to a conviction—can stand in the way of employment. While there are many efforts to alleviate some of the barriers to opportunity that come with a criminal record, many fall short because of psychological biases. This report finds that automatically sealing records for certain criminal offenses is the strongest, most pragmatic approach.
FreedomWorks commends the passage of Pennsylvania’s clean slate law, the first of its kind in the nation. The landmark legislation is an example of the bipartisan momentum for criminal justice reform and the shared commitment across party lines to promoting second chances for people with criminal records. Pennsylvania’s clean slate law should serve as a model for other states seeking to enact commonsense policies that promote public safety, conserve taxpayer dollars, reduce bureaucratic red tape, and improve outcomes for people with criminal records.
In June 2018, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed the groundbreaking Clean Slate Act into law. The Clean Slate Act, which empowers the state to automatically seal certain criminal records for people who stay crime-free, earned overwhelming support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and a diverse coalition of stakeholders, many of whom agree on nothing else.