Policy Brief | Oct. 2018

Getting to Go: The case for criminal record expungement in New York State

Judith Whiting

Summary: For most New Yorkers, no matter the positive strides they have made, their criminal record is their record for the rest of their lives, on view for all to see. It acts as a permanent red light that can prevent them not only from achieving their dreams, but from getting a job or a place to live. To allow for full participation in our economy, we must improve our laws. This report lays out the case for improving the current criminal record sealing law in New York State and moving towards a more comprehensive expungement law.

Issues: Imprisonment & Reentry

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