Category Archive: clean slate

Jun 28

PA’s Clean Slate Bill Was Just Unanimously Passed by the State Senate

Generocity  By Julie Zeglen  The state Senate voted unanimously yesterday in favor of a bill that would seal misdemeanor records after 10 years. The legislation would only apply to those who avoided other convictions for at least 10 years. It’s a big win for criminal justice reform advocates like Sharon Dietrich, litigation director of Community Legal …

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May 30

Get to Know the Expert: Q & A with Michael Pinard

By CSG Justice Center Staff The Clean Slate Clearinghouse  Advisory Board—which consists of legal and academic experts from around the country—works to make the Clean Slate Clearinghouse a mechanism to expand record clearance nationwide. The CSG Justice Center staff spoke with board member Michael Pinard—the Francis and Harriet Iglehart Professor of Law and  co-director of …

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May 26

Clean Slate Clearinghouse Advisory Board Member’s Advocacy Bolstered by Personal Experience in the Justice System

By CSG Justice Center Staff At 15 years old, Dina Sarver was adjudicated delinquent and served six months in a Florida residential facility. When she was released at 16, she earned her GED and went on to pursue her AA, but found that some of her educational opportunities—particularly a degree in nursing—were limited because of …

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May 12

Undergrads Gain Hands-On Experience in Record Clearance through Expungement Clinic

By CSG Justice Center staff In 2008, Margaret Stevenson (left) started the Record Clearance Project (RCP), which trains undergraduate students at San José State University to assist people with criminal records throughout the expungement process. Since its founding, RCP students have helped file more than 1,200 clearance petitions with a 99 percent success rate. Additionally, …

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Apr 28

Clean Slate Clearinghouse Project Leaders Discuss Criminal Record Clearance Reforms in Massachusetts

By CSG Justice Center staff In March, Madeline Neighly (left) of The Council of State Government (CSG) Justice Center and Pauline Quirion (right) of Greater Boston Legal Services—who are both involved in the Clean Slate Clearinghouse Project—participated in a panel discussion about the employment levels of people with criminal records in Massachusetts. The panel—which was …

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Apr 04

Apply Now: The U.S. Department of Labor Reentry Projects

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is seeking applications from community-based organizations and intermediary organizations to plan and implement comprehensive reentry programs for adults and young adults, with a focus on improving employment outcomes. ETA is seeking proposed strategies for addressing reentry challenges, including trying new approaches, addressing gaps in services, building or …

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Mar 29

An Act of Justice: Undoing the Legacy of Mass Incarceration

Hosted by the Rothko Chapel and presented in partnership with the Criminology, Law and Society Department at the University of St. Thomas, Houston Date: March 30–April 1 Location: Rothko Chapel, Houston, TX This three day symposium will explore the human rights issues associated with the criminal justice system in the United States. It will offer workshops, panels …

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Mar 28

Inside the Push to Give Ex-Offenders in Pennsylvania a Second Chance

Lawmakers and activists are leading an effort to open up expungement and sealing laws for misdemeanor convictions in the Keystone State. Pacific Standard By Amy McKeever Men and women wait by the dozen on this Saturday morning in late November. Some stare into their cell phones in a small waiting room, others lean against children’s …

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Mar 28

Legal Aid Providers Work to Create Community of Practice Around Record Clearance

By CSG Justice Center Staff In a first step toward creating a national community of practice through the Clean Slate Clearinghouse, Sharon Dietrich of Community Legal Services recently reached out to public defenders and legal aid providers to find out what resources and information on record clearance would be helpful to the field. Some providers …

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Mar 26

New Law Helps Offenders Who Help Themselves

The Pantagraph By Edith Brady-Lunny SPRINGFIELD — A new Illinois law gives a break to ex-offenders who finish high school and other courses while incarcerated by allowing them to apply to have their criminal records sealed without waiting years to begin the process. The law, effective in January, lets eligible offenders request that their records …

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