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News 4.27.20

The Clean Slate Initiative and COVID-19

The Clean Slate Initiative’s vision is a country where opportunity is available to all people irrespective of a criminal record—a vision that is even more important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, where people with records are already at a bigger disadvantage. Acting in accordance with the Clean Slate Initiative’s values, we are responding to the crisis by subsequently adapting our work to our nation’s changed landscape.

Immediately, we are working with our partner organizations to offer resources, flexibility, and infrastructure to the criminal justice reform work that continues to go on amidst the chaos. We have evaluated our operating budget and committed to redirect a portion of funding toward immediate rapid response needs for partner organizations.

And now more than ever, we need to support the community-based organizations protecting and advocating for justice-involved individuals and families. Many of these state organizations have precarious finances. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing anxiety, instability, and forcing unimaginable decisions. In order to support our community through this challenging time, we have offered a number of rapid response grants to our local partners.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make operational updates as needed to ensure we are doing everything we can for our partners, our communities, and those most impacted.

News 12.8.19

Albany Times Union: Activists push for expunging certain criminal records in NYS

New York does not allow for the expungement of criminal records, but a two-year-old law permits some individuals to seal files for certain crimes after a decade has passed since a person's sentencing or the end of their prison term. Advocates behind a new campaign, called Clean Slate New York, argue that the law is underused and does not help reintegrate convicted criminals back into society, stripping them of employment, housing and other opportunities.