Tina Rosenberg of the Solutions Journalism Network argues that civil discourse and bipartisanship in America aren’t dead, at least when the subject is criminal justice reform. She uses the example of Pennsylvania's Clean Slate law, which passed with bipartisan support in 2018.
September 21-28th marks the second-annual “National Expungement Week” – a week of events across the U.S. that offer expungement and other forms of legal relief for the tens of millions of Americans with criminal records. Click “learn more” to get involved and find an expungement event near you.
Clean Slate legislation was introduced in the Michigan state legislature, with advocates saying it is a 'significant step forward' but could go further in tackling the problems faced by these communities.
The Michigan state legislature introduced a plan to implement Clean Slate in their state, automating expungement for more than 200,000 people.
LA Times: Editorial: Millions of Californians are eligible to clear their criminal records, but it takes time and money. Make it automatic
The LA Times Editorial Board gives a full-throated endorsement of automated record-clearing legislation, which passed the California State Assembly in September 2019.
Often criminal records - and even arrests and acquittals - haunt people years after that time in their lives. The implementation of the Clean Slate Act is a steps towards ending that reality for hundreds of thousands across Pennsylvania, and the country.