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Research, data, and most importantly, the lived experiences of people with criminal records show that expungement and sealing can be life-changing for the vast number of people who qualify.  The...
A New Law Will Expand Clearing of Criminal Records in Pennsylvania A new law called "Clean Slate" will automatically seal many criminal cases, starting around July 2020.  Automatically...
What is Clean Slate? Clean Slate is a new Pennsylvania law that expands criminal record sealing to include more types of offenses, including some first-degree misdemeanors, which can be sealed by...
Communications is about delivering information to people, but it is also about delivering results. In this day and age, storytelling is vital. Storytelling can mean providing someone’s story with...
In Pennsylvania, nearly 1 in 3 – or three million – people have a criminal record. Many have only minor convictions, while others have been arrested but never even convicted of a crime....
In Pennsylvania, homelessness is getting worse On any given day, 15,000 Pennsylvanians experience homelessness. Rates of homelessness in Pennsylvania have increased, especially among veterans...
Update: Clean Slate passed in Pennsylvania on June 22, 2018! Having even a minor criminal record can serve as a barrier to nearly all basic necessities including employment and housing. Records...
The following testimony was delivered to Philadelphia City Council on May 17, 2018. My name is Jamie Gullen and I am a Supervising Attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services (“CLS...
The following testimony was delivered to Philadelphia City Council on May 17, 2018. My name is Sasha and I am a mother to a three-year-old daughter, a daughter to an aging mother, and a...
Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) has prepared a presentation on issues about criminal record-clearing (often called “expungement,” but also including sealing, and the like).  The power point...