In 2018, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania signed the Clean Slate Act. With its signing, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to enact automated sealing of criminal records by technology. Come June 28, 2019, automated sealing will be implemented for the first time anywhere. Ultimately, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians will face brighter futures as a result.
At present, Community Legal Services (CLS) and its many partners are working to ensure the fullest possible implementation of the law. This paper discusses the progress that has been made toward implementing Clean Slate in Pennsylvania.