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Hochul, NYCLU at odds over when to seal felony, misdemeanor records

Mar 31, 2022 1:15 am

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that conversations over the proposal surrounding the Clean Slate Act are continuing in Albany as lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul are looking at a variety of criminal justice law changes addressing concerns over cashless bail, evidence discovery procedures and access to tuition assistance for people in prison. Hochul's proposal for the Clean Slate measure would seal felony records seven years after a sentence is completed and after three years for misdemeanors. But the New York Civil Liberties Union is urging passage of the legislative version of the proposal because it calls for sealing records years earlier than Hochul's plan. The NYCLU said in a statement, "In tandem with a broad coalition of labor organizations, civil rights groups, racial justice organizations, public defenders, members of law enforcement, and people directly impacted by the criminal legal system, the NYCLU calls upon you to enact a version of Clean Slate that includes the legislature’s language." Supporters of sealing records argue the measure would make it easier for people to find jobs and housing once they have served their sentences, and reduce repeat offenses in the process. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.