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Local Lawmaker to Take Part in Rally to Support “Clean Slate Act”

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A number of state lawmakers, including Ithaca area Assemblywoman Anna Kelles, will gather with business groups, labor unions, and former prison inmates at the state capitol Tuesday to call for the immediate passage of the Clean Slate Act.

Under the bill, conviction records would be automatically sealed after three years for misdemeanors and seven years for felonies once someone has successfully completed their sentence, is not on community supervision, and has not incurred any new convictions. 

Proponents say a recent analysis shows Clean Slate will generate an estimated annual earnings boost to the state of $7.1 billion. They add this legislation will help businesses across New York hire employees, boost the state’s economic growth, increase public safety, and remedy racial inequities within our criminal legal system. It’s their belief that after old conviction records are sealed, individuals are more likely to stay employed, increase their earnings, support their families, and strengthen their communities. 

Tuesday’s rally will take place at 11 a.m. in Albany and will be available by livestream by clicking here

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