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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: 6/26/2018: 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...
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...
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) has been at the forefront of legal and policy advocacy for people with criminal records for almost three decades.  Here are a few examples....
CLS sent the following letter to members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on March 12, 2018 More than 33 Pennsylvania counties and 7 municipalities and their employers could be...
The following testimony was delivered by CLS attorney Nadia Hewka to Philadelphia City Council on March 6, 2018. Good morning, my name is Nadia Hewka and I am a Senior Staff Attorney at Community...
For nearly two decades, Community Legal Services (CLS) has been at the forefront of removing barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records. A major focus of that work has been to...