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Clean Slate is a new Pennsylvania law that is the first in the nation to automatically seal certain criminal records via technology. Charges that were dropped or where individuals were found not guilty, as well as summary and minor...
Employment
Clean Slate is a new Pennsylvania law that will automatically seal 30 million criminal cases, as well as expanding sealing to include more types of misdemeanors.  Employers, landlords, and schools won’t be able to see sealed cases on your...
Employment
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...
Employment
Clearing a criminal record can change the course of a person’s life. Every year, one thousand low-income individuals come to Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) because they are facing barriers to employment caused by criminal...
Employment
On November 15-16, 2018 the Center for American Progress (CAP) hosted a convening called, “Harnessing Technology to Close the Second Chance Gap.”  The meeting was an extraordinary two-day launch of a national campaign to bring the Clean...
Employment
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...