ACT NOW! CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS IMMEDIATELY AND URGE THEM TO PASS CONVICTION SEALING LEGISLATION (S8113/A10710)

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CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS IMMEDIATELY AND URGE THEM TO PASS S8113/A10710

Help individuals with criminal justice involvement become productive members of society

MESSAGE TO LEGISLATORS:

Pass S8113/A10710, a bill that would help individuals with criminal history involvement to become productive members of society by allowing certain, old convictions to be sealed, and by fixing errors on RAP sheets.

ACTION:

We call on all New Yorkers to call and write to the Governor, Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, Speaker Heastie, Senator Klein and your own Assemblymember and Senator.

To find contact information for your State Senator, go to: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator.

For contact information for your representative in the State Assembly, go to: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/.

To contact the Governor’s office, go to: http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact.

BACKGROUND:

Currently, individuals who have demonstrated their rehabilitation and job-readiness can never escape their past no matter how long ago or minor their criminal justice involvement. This bill represents a significant step forward in helping New Yorkers to overcome barriers they face as a result of criminal justice involvement. Over 90 percent of employers conduct criminal history checks on all or some employees, and landlords are increasingly relying on background checks as well. These criminal history checks report convictions no matter how long ago they occurred or how minor the offense. The reports are also often rife with errors. This bill will help individuals to be fairly considered for employment and housing by;

  • Allowing certain, old convictions to be sealed and

Addressing two common errors on criminal records –missing information on the final outcome of a cases and the failure to seal cases that occurred prior to 1991 that resulted in a dismissal or a violation conviction.

Please see lac’s memo of support here.

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