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Case Highlights the Limits on Sealing/Expungement

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Court Rules that Media Coverage of Expunged Arrest Can Remain on the Internet Although criminal record sealing and expungement are critical in helping ex-offenders try to put the past behind them and move on with their lives, not all aspects of a past arrest or conviction can be erased. A recent case highlights an important…

201502.25
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ABA Launches Online Database of Collateral Consequences

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New Online Database Highlights Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Each Jurisdiction, Bringing Attention to Legal Restrictions Faced by Those Convicted of a Crime The issue of the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction has been receiving increased attention in recent years, as more and more individuals find themselves facing countless limits and restrictions…

201407.08
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Important News For Formerly Incarcerated Individuals In New York

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Governor Cuomo Announces Formation of Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration to Address Barriers Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers Face When Trying to Re-enter Society Today marked an important milestone for the thousands of ex-offenders each year who leave New York’s prisons and face countless barriers and obstacles in trying to successfully reintegrate back into society. …

201406.18
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Everything You Need To Know About Ban The Box In New York

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Today’s job market is tough on everybody, but it’s especially hard for a person with a criminal conviction to get hired, even if that conviction is many years old and has no relation whatsoever to the job. Studies have shown that up to 70 million adults in the U.S. have arrests or criminal convictions. With…

201406.06
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The Issue of “Second Chances” Continues to Make News

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Recent New York Times Editorial and New Report from the NACDL Stress the “Collateral Consequences” of a Criminal Record, and Point to the Need for Criminal Record Sealing Within the past week, the issue of the long-term negative impact of a criminal record has once again been making the news – bringing to light the…

201403.14
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Major Development On Criminal Record Sealing In New York!

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NY’s Top Judge Submits Bill That May Give Certain Past Offenders a Second Chance In an important development surrounding criminal record sealing in New York, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman yesterday submitted a bill to the NYS Legislature that, if passed, would make criminal record sealing a reality for many deserving past-offenders.  Yesterday’s action follows the…

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‘Check Yes Or No’: The Hurdles Of Job Hunting With A Criminal Past

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Melissa spent months looking for a job — any job. For days, the 25-year-old consistently visited her welfare-to-work program in downtown Brooklyn, resume in hand and an interview smile splashed across her face. “Every day, Monday through Friday, 9 to 4,” she explains. “That’s dedication.” Melissa, who asked us to not reveal her last name,…