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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…

CGMB Attends Caucus Meetings in Albany on Conviction Sealing Issue
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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
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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…

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…

Rick Collins’ on the Importance of Second Chances
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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…

201401.10
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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,…