Rick Collins featured in Syracuse Post Standard: NY state will soon allow ‘thousands’ with past crime convictions to seal records
201704.20
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Rick Collins featured in Syracuse Post Standard: NY state will soon allow ‘thousands’ with past crime convictions to seal records

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York attorney Rick Collins said he understands why advocates might be hailing the state’s new law raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. But he said a major change to the criminal justice system has largely flown under the radar. At the same time lawmakers raised the age, they gave…

Rick Collins’ Latest Huffington Post Blog Addresses Mark Wahlberg Pardon Request and the Issue of Criminal Record Sealing in New York
201412.12
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Rick Collins’ Latest Huffington Post Blog Addresses Mark Wahlberg Pardon Request and the Issue of Criminal Record Sealing in New York

Over the past few weeks, media outlets throughout the country have been discussing the recent news of Mark Wahlberg’s request for a pardon for crimes committed back when he was a teenager in the late 1980s. Rick Collins, a long-time advocate for reformed ex-offenders seeking second chances, has added his voice, and insight, to the…

CGMB Attends Caucus Meetings in Albany on Conviction Sealing Issue
201405.22
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CGMB Attends Caucus Meetings in Albany on Conviction Sealing Issue

Again this week, lawyers fromCollins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC (CGMB) traveled to the New York State Capital to discuss issues of criminal record sealing and proposed “Second Chances” legislation.  The occasion was not for lobbying purposes and was unrelated to the sealing efforts of the New York State Bar Association.  Rather, it was a…

Rick Collins Featured In May/June Issue Of State Bar News
201405.13
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Rick Collins Featured In May/June Issue Of State Bar News

Rick Gives Update on Work and Progress of Criminal Justice Section Sealing Committee The May/June issue of the New York State Bar Association’s State Bar News features an article written by CMG’s Rick Collins, highlighting the work of the Criminal Justice Section and an update on record sealing/expungement in New York State.  Noting that the…

Rick Collins’ on the Importance of Second Chances
201401.18
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Rick Collins’ on the Importance of Second Chances

(as seen on huffingtonpost.com) 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…