Media, News 6.10.21

Connecticut just Became the Fourth State to Enact Clean Slate legislation!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Contact:

Sheena Meade

info@cleanslateinitiative.org

(407) 708 1558

Connecticut Becomes Fourth State in the Nation to Offer Clean Slate; Reduce Discrimination of Those With Completed Sentences. 

Governor Signs Law that Automatically Gives Those with Convictions a Clean Slate, Improving Public Safety, Unleashing an Untapped Talent Pool, and Improving Lives

With Governor Ned Lamont’s signature, Connecticut is now the fourth state to enact clean slate automated record-clearing legislation. 

Connecticut joins Pennsylvania, Utah, and Michigan to pass Clean Slate policies into law. Furthermore, in the 2021 legislative session, Clean Slate campaigns operated in Delaware, Louisiana, Texas, Oregon, New York, and North Carolina. In addition, many other states explored the potential and possibility of expanding and automating record clearance. 

Now, joining Michigan as the second state to automatically clear both qualifying felonies and misdemeanors, Connecticut’s new policy can help remove employment, housing, and education barriers. The impact of automatic record clearance in The Constitution State is high. Indeed, a recent study from the Paper Prisons Initiative of Santa Clara University found that approximately 407,000 Connecticut residents with criminal records.

Sheena Meade, Managing Director of the Clean Slate Initiative, said this about Connecticut’s new Clean Slate law: 

“Our movement to create equity and economic justice via clean slate record clearing policies began in Pennsylvania and has now been adopted by another state – Connecticut. The new law to automatically clear eligible felony and misdemeanor records will benefit hundreds of thousands of citizens.

Clean slate laws help everyone in the community. Those eligible for criminal record clearance can now earn a decent living, obtain stable housing, and access the education and training they need to get ahead. Additionally, the economy will benefit as qualified job seekers can re-enter the labor force. Communities will be safer due to lower recidivism rates as more justice-involved people can move on with their lives and provide for their families. States who aim to reduce crime, uphold justice and improve their economy should enact their own clean slate law.”

The new law in Connecticut will expunge the records of people convicted of misdemeanors and some felonies after a crime-free waiting period of seven to ten years, depending on their conviction. The Clean Slate Initiative is proud to have worked with CONECT, the ACLU of Connecticut, and other advocates and lawmakers on the passage of this legislation. 

Read more about Clean Slate Connecticut and its supporters here

The Clean Slate Initiative (@CleanSlate_Init) is a bipartisan national movement to automate the clearing of criminal records that block second chances for tens of millions of Americans. Following decades of overcriminalization, between 70 million and 100 million Americans have some type of criminal record—nearly half of all children in America have a parent with a record. In the digital era, with 9 in 10 employers now using criminal background checks, any criminal record—no matter how old or minor—can be a life sentence to poverty.