201401.08
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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…

NY Bar recommends criminal record sealing
201401.04
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NY Bar recommends criminal record sealing

A recommendation to allow certain low-level criminal records to be sealed is being sent to the state Legislature for consideration. The move was approved Jan. 27 by the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates at the association’s annual meeting in New York City. Mineola attorney Richard D. Collins said most states have some mechanism to…

Proposal to Cut Some Felonies From Records
201401.03
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Proposal to Cut Some Felonies From Records

The New York State Bar Association is proposing a change to state law that would allow more types of criminal records to be sealed, saying the shift would give offenders who stay out of trouble a better chance to rebuild their lives. The proposal, approved Friday in a vote by the association’s House of Delegates,…

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…

The First Step to a Second Chance: Criminal Record Sealing in New York Takes a Historic Move Forward …and Our Work to Change State Law, and Change the Lives of Ex-Offenders, Continues
201401.01
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The First Step to a Second Chance: Criminal Record Sealing in New York Takes a Historic Move Forward …and Our Work to Change State Law, and Change the Lives of Ex-Offenders, Continues

There’s promising news for many reformed ex-offenders deserving of a second chance and a “fresh start” when it comes to the sealing of their criminal records.  On Friday, January 27th, the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates nearly unanimously backed a proposed change in state law that would allow judges to seal the…

NY bar association backs sealing criminal records
201401.01
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NY bar association backs sealing criminal records

The New York State Bar Association is backing a proposed change in state law that would allow judges to seal the criminal records of some people convicted of misdemeanors and low-level felonies to help them recover from those mistakes. Friday’s vote of association delegates followed an examination of the issue by the 77,000-member group’s criminal…

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…