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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…

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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…

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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…

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New York Sealing Law Update: September 2015

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Oklahoma’s Expungement laws changed dramatically in November 2012 and again in 2014, making it easier to completely seal and expunge the criminal cases of eligible ex-offenders.  As Co-Chair of the Sealing Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, I am often asked why New York State has yet to move forward…

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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…

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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…

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