Sealing Old New York Convictions (2018)

This booklet discusses New York State’s 2017 law (CPL § 160.59) that allows people to seal up to two criminal convictions that are at least ten years old. It also discusses additional eligibility requirements and how to apply for this sealing.

Lowering Criminal Record Barriers: Certificates of Relief/Good Conduct and record sealing (Updated 2019)

This booklet explains which cases are eligible to be sealed and how to seal them, and has been updated to reflect new sealing laws in New York State. It also explains who is eligible for a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct and how to apply for them.  These certificates can improve your chances of getting a job or housing.

Reduciendo los obstáculos de un récord criminal/Certificados de Asistencia por Discapacidades/Buena Conducta y sellando su récord (2019)

Este folleto explica cuales antecedentes penales se pueden sellar y como sellarlos, actualizado con información sobre las nuevas leyes de sellado en Nueva York. También explica quiénes son elegibles para un Certificado de Alivio de Discapacidad o de Buena Conducta, y como solicitarlos. Estos certificados le pueden mejorar la posibilidad de conseguir el empleo o la vivienda.

Certificates of Relief and Good Conduct: What You Should Know (Part 1) (2016)

Gives basic information about New York’s certificates of relief from disabilities and good conduct.  Explains what they are and who is eligible.  4 minutes.

Certificates of Relief and Good Conduct: What You Should Know (Part 2) (2017)

Part 2 explains how to apply for Certificates of Relief and Good Conduct and ways to strengthen your application. 3 minutes.

Certificates of Relief y Good Conduct: Qué Deberías Saber (Parte 1) (2016)

Provee información básica sobre los certificados de asistencia por discapacidades (certificates of relief from disabilities) o certificados de buena conducta (certificates of good conduct) del estado de Nueva York. Explica que son y quién es elegible. Dura 4 minutos.

Certificates of Relief y Good Conduct: Qué Deberías Saber (Parte 2) (2017)

En parte 2  explicamos cómo aplicar por Certificates of Relief and Good Conduct, y cómo fortalecer su aplicación. Dura 4 minutos.

Moving Forward with a Criminal Record in New York State (2016)

This webinar series can help New Yorkers with criminal records overcome barriers to jobs and housing.  It is designed for people who have been through the criminal justice system as well as their service providers.  The series contains four webinars, ranging from 13 to17 minutes each.  Topics are “Criminal Records,” “Employment,” “Housing,” and “Evidence of Rehabilitation.”

Your Rights, Your Future: Preparing for Reentry (2010)

This 29 minute-long video helps people leaving prison get the skills and knowledge they will need to find jobs and prepare for the challenges of re-entry.

Advocacy Toolkit: Certificates of Rehabilitation

This toolkit helps those advocating for legislation to create certificates that lift automatic bars to employment, occupational licenses and public housing.

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