Finally!  New Criminal Record Sealing Law in New York
201704.12
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Finally! New Criminal Record Sealing Law in New York

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The New York Legislature has passed and Governor Cuomo has signed into law a new section of the Criminal Procedure Law, § 160.59, allowing for the sealing of certain convictions. This change will benefit tens of thousands of deserving New Yorkers who are seeking to seal their criminal convictions and truly gain a fresh start…

201704.11
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“Jails to Jobs” Program to Offer Guaranteed 2 Month Employment for Inmates Who Leave NY Jails After Serving Their Sentence

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New City-Funded Initiative Will Provide “Transitional Employment” to Ex-Offenders Through Program Launching by the End of the Year Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new city-funded initiative that will guarantee short-term minimum wage jobs to inmates leaving prison. Through the “Jails to Jobs” program, which is expected to launch by the end of the…

201702.28
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Blog Addresses Staffing/Temp Worker Placement and Prior Criminal Convictions

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Staffing Company Provides Insight for Employers on Benefits of Being “Felon Friendly” An Illinois-based human resource organization is encouraging employers to consider the benefits of being “felon-friendly” in filling their staffing needs – and has published a blog providing an overview of why employers should consider hiring those with a prior conviction. In the blog,…

201701.06
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Missouri Expands Criminal Record Expungement While New York Lags Behind

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently signed into law a vast expansion of the state’s expungement law, making more people eligible to have their criminal records sealed when the law takes effect in 2018. Under the current law in Missouri, only certain convictions related to financial or property damage crimes were eligible for expungement, with a…

Marijuana and Conditional Criminal Record Sealing in New York
201612.23
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Marijuana and Conditional Criminal Record Sealing in New York

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As the year comes to a close and with November’s election behind us, it’s time to check in on where things stand with the push to legalize marijuana in various states across the country. Ballot initiatives seeking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana were decided on by voters in five states, with the initiatives…

201605.25
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“Banning The Box” on College Applications

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Move to “Ban the Box” in Higher Education, including SUNY Schools, Continues to Gain Ground The move to encourage colleges nationwide, including those in New York, to re-evaluate questions pertaining to an applicant’s criminal history continues to gain ground – with recent developments and media attention shedding some much-needed light on this important issue. With…

201601.26
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New Jersey Moves Forward in Further Easing Path for Expungement of Criminal Records, While Status of Criminal Record Sealing in New York Remains at a Standstill

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While we continue to wait for action surrounding the sealing of criminal records in New York, this month the State of New Jersey made further advances in helping ex-offenders move forward with their lives.  NJ Governor Chris Christie has just signed Bill A206 into law — significantly reducing the time that some ex-offenders have to…

201509.28
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New York Governor Reduces Certain Barriers for Ex-Offenders

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People with past criminal convictions, especially those who’ve spent time in prison, can suffer roadblocks to education, employment and housing that persist years and even decades after they’ve served their sentences – destroying the American Dream not only for them but for their families. Governor Cuomo created the Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration in…