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Advocates hail 'Clean Slate' law's enactment

'Dismantles cruel systems of perpetual punishment'

Posted 11/24/23

New Yorkers with a criminal history could have an easier time finding employment and housing opportunities thanks to the Clean Slate Act, which was signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul Thursday.

The law, which goes into effect in a year, will seal the criminal records of people convicted of some misdemeanors and felonies who aren’t on probation or parole and do not have pending criminal charges. New Yorkers who were sentenced to a misdemeanor will have their records sealed three years following their release from incarceration or sentencing, while those convicted of a felony will have their records sealed after eight years.

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