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Arrest and conviction records create barriers to employment, housing, and other basic needs and services. For immigrant clients, a record may be even more damaging, as it can lead to immigration...
Young people of color across Pennsylvania are over-criminalized at staggering rates. The consequences for any contact with the juvenile or criminal systems can be severe and long-lasting, while the...
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) is working on a bill, Senate Bill 529, which would help Pennsylvanians clear some old and minor criminal records without the need for a lawyer or going...
In September 2016, the US Departments of Labor and Justice awarded the first-ever contract for a National Clean Slate Clearinghouse to the Council of State Governments Justice Center.  Among the...
Community Legal Services Litigation Director Sharon Dietrich delivered the following testimony before the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives on May 9, 2017: My name is Sharon...
The Philadelphia District Attorney can play an important role in fighting poverty in America’s poorest big city. Criminal records, even minor and old ones, have an outsized effect on ...
This article, which was written by Jesse Krohn and CLS attorney Jamie Gullen, originally appeared in the University of Baltimore Law Review. Introduction: What About the Boys? As young women...
On November 16, 2016, the Pennsylvania Senate finished its last scheduled voting day of the legislative session without passing HB 2375, which would have reauthorized Act 34 of 2013 and provided $57....
Senate Bill 9 would require all Pennsylvanians who are applying for many public benefits, including unemployment compensation (UC), to provide government-issued ID and to sign an affidavit attesting...
Senate Bill 9 would require all Pennsylvanians who are applying for many public benefits, to provide government-issued ID and to sign an affidavit attesting to their U.S. citizenship or lawful...