Category: clean slate

Aug 30

Colleges Shouldn’t Ask about Applicants’ Criminal Histories, but Most in Philly Do

Generocity By Julie Zeglen Ban the box and Clean Slate initiatives have gained statewide traction in recent months as means to eliminate barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated folks. But what about those folks facing barriers to education? This morning, Community Legal Services (CLS) released its report “Opening Doors: How Philadelphia Area Colleges Can Promote Access …

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Aug 25

Illinois Enacts Broadest Sealing Law in Nation

Collateral Consequences Resource Center  By CCRC Staff On Friday Illinois governor Bruce Rauner signed into law what appears to be the broadest sealing law in the United States, covering almost all felonies and requiring a relatively short eligibility waiting period of three years. We expect to provide a more in-depth discussion of the law next …

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Jul 27

Ban the Box and Beyond: Ensuring Individuals with a Criminal Record Have Access to the Labor Market

This report from the Center for American Progress discusses the reforms needed to ensure people with criminal records have equitable access to the labor market and economic security. It outlines the collateral consequences of mass incarceration and recent advancements in the U.S. criminal justice system’s approach to reentry. Also discussed are federal, state, and local “ban the box” policies …

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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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