Criminal Convictions Behind Them, Few Have Had Their Records Sealed

As of the end of May, the latest numbers available, 346 people statewide had had their convictions sealed

News Story (New York)

Jan Ransom
New York Times (NYT)
July 4, 2018

Tags: Expungement / Record Sealing

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City), Bronx Defenders


After his release, he said he had trouble finding steady work and many employers fired him after learning of his conviction. He worked odd, usually low-paying jobs as a tow-truck driver, a messenger, a plumber, a mover and as an unlicensed security guard before joining the now-struggling yellow taxi industry.

Now 40, Carlos, with help from the Legal Aid Society’s Conviction Sealing Project, has filed an application in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn to have his conviction sealed under a new state law.

He said he hopes the court will grant him the second chance he has dreamed of: “I want to do better for my children and myself.”