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Second Chance For Ex-Offenders Act Gains Support From AFL-CIO

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Momentum and Outside Support Continues for Criminal Record Sealing in New York State The Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act – proposed legislation to give certain ex-offenders a second chance through the sealing of their criminal records – has just received an important vote of support from the New York State AFL-CIO. This is great news…

201401.08
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Debate over sealing records on old crimes

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Lakeisha has been haunted for nearly 20 years by a mistake she made as a teenager. In 1993, Lakeisha pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Suffolk County after failing to tell the government about money she held in a trust account while she was receiving public assistance. Even now, she maintains it was an honest…

201401.01
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A Second Chance for Ex-Offenders?

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They say that to err is human. All of us from time to time make mistakes. Some mistakes, those involving the violation of a criminal statute, can have life changing impact, not merely upon the offender, or, in some types of crimes, a victim, but upon the offender’s family and the community at large. “Expungement…

201307.10
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New York Sealing Bill Update: No Action on Senate Bill 5385-2013

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It could be your niece or nephew.  Or even your son or daughter.  It might even have been you, many years ago.  Good people make dumb mistakes, especially when they’re young.  Maybe a neighbor’s mailbox is intentionally damaged.  Maybe an item is stolen from a high-end department store.  Maybe a small quantity of marijuana is…