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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...
Recognizing the critical need to ensure that everyone has access to the courts, regardless of immigration status, CLS has been working with the ICE Out of Courts Coalition—a group made up legal...
The following testimony was delivered by CLS attorney Nadia Hewka in front of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee on August 27, 2018. I’m here as an attorney who represents low...
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...
As part of the Clean Slate Clearinghouse, Community Legal Services put on a one day conference at NLADA's Equal Justice Conference in San Diego in May 2018.  The conference, titled "...
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...
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...