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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 presentation is being made available for use...
Employment
On Wednesday, April 11th, Clean Slate moved a step closer to becoming law, when PA House Bill 1419 was passed by the House by a 188-2 vote.  The Senate unanimously passed a similar Clean Slate bill, Senate Bill 529, on June 28, 2017....
Employment
Proposals to toughen work requirements to qualify for SNAP benefits (food stamps) are all the rage.  Even in areas of high unemployment, low income people without children and who are not considered disabled would be permitted to receive...
Employment
The following post was written by CLS Litigation Director Sharon Dietrich. I sometimes am asked for authority for the proposition that the reporting of an expunged or sealed case by a commercial screener violates the FCRA.  Unfortunately...
Employment
Groundbreaking Automatic Record Sealing Program with Bipartisan Support Would Help Thousands of Pennsylvanians Get a Second Chance UPDATE, June 29, 2017: Yesterday "Clean Slate" passed unanimously through the PA Senate. Now, the PA House...
Employment
In recognition of the barriers to employment for many people living in poverty, CLS and Redeemed PA, an organization founded by CLS Board member Bill Cobb, have launched the #WeNeedToWork Campaign. Many Pennsylvanians are shut out of the...
Employment, Housing
On Monday, April 25, 2016, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro kicked off National Reentry Week with a listening session with clients of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia...
Employment
Community Legal Services (CLS) has been at the forefront of advocating for people with criminal records for decades. One in three Americans has some kind of criminal record and half of all American children have a parent with a criminal...
Employment
Groundbreaking Automatic Record Sealing Program with Bipartisan Support Would Help Thousands of Pennsylvanians Get a Second Chance Today, identical "Clean Slate" bills providing for automatic sealing of qualified criminal cases were...
Employment
On December 30, 2015, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania unanimously declared unconstitutional a state statute that unfairly shuts out scores of people from employment in the long-term health care field and deprives elderly, sick and...