Last year, a growing awareness of how criminal records can have long-lasting consequences led a wave of 20 states to make it easier for people to clear their records via expungement or sealing.
News Story (NATIONAL)
February 10, 2019
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Tags: Criminal Records, Expungement / Record Sealing
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)
But the process of clearing one’s record can be hard to access. The New York law that allowed Jane to seal her record, for example, could apply to more than 600,000 eligible people.
According to the state’s criminal justice statistics department, however, only 825 people have taken advantage of the law so far, a less than 1 percent participation rate.