The Wall Street Journal Recognizes New York’s New Sealing Law
201710.11
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The Wall Street Journal Recognizes New York’s New Sealing Law

Friday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal addressed New York’s new sealing law in an article, “New Law Aims to Help Ex-Convicts Get Jobs” (only WSJ subscribers may have full access). The piece, authored by Thomas MacMillan, notes that New York is home to 2.3 million people with criminal convictions. The new law, Criminal Procedure Law…

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…