THIRTY MILLION CRIMINAL RECORDS SLATED FOR AUTOMATIC SEALING AS CLEAN SLATE KICKS OFF – GOVERNOR WOLF & BIPARTISAN LAWMAKERS CONTINUE TO LEAD NATION IN SECOND CHANCES

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Half of Pennsylvania Courts’ Criminal Records Database to Be Sealed Thanks to First-In-Nation Clean Slate Act HARRISBURG, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf and a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced that Pennsylvania’s courts will begin automatically sealing more than 30 million criminal records – half of their entire database – as a result of the Commonwealth’s first-in-the-nation Clean Slate Act, which becomes effective today. The Governor, elected officials, and criminal justice reform advocates celebrated this historic milestone at a press conference today, as Pennsylvania becomes the first state in the country to use an automated process to seal certain criminal records and offer second chances for individuals with low-level offenses. …

BIPARTISAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM CONTINUES TO SURGE IN PENNSYLVANIA

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Historic Second Chance Bill Introduced by Bipartisan Lawmakers; Emphasis is on Expanding Employment Opportunities Senate Bill 637 and House Bill 1477 Reform Occupational Licensing Laws to Get Pennsylvanians With Criminal Records Back to Work (Harrisburg, PA) – Today at a joint press conference, a group of bipartisan lawmakers announced the introduction of occupational licensing reform legislation aimed at reducing recidivism and breaking down barriers to employment for Pennsylvanians with criminal records. Senators John DiSanto (R-15) and Judy Schwank (D-11) introduced Senate Bill 637, and Representatives Sheryl Delozier (R-88) and Jordan Harris (D-186) introduced House Bill 1477. Both bills contain the following reforms: Prohibit state boards, commissions, or departments from denying or revoking an occupational …

WITH WHIP COUNT ON FEDERAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM BILL DAYS AWAY, BIPARTISAN JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS VICTORIES OF STATE LEGISLATIVE CHAMPIONS

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal levels, saw their state legislative champions of justice reform pull off impressive victories last night. With a Senate whip count on the federal prison and sentencing reform package just days away, these state success stories could help persuade members who are still on the fence about the political viability of criminal justice issues. “From our Dignity bill sponsor in Kentucky, to Clean Slate supporters in Pennsylvania, and from sentencing reform advocates in Minnesota, to pretrial reform champions in Ohio, state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who supported …

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN PENNSYLVANIA GETS A MAJOR BOOST WITH PASSAGE OF SECOND CHANCE LEGISLATION

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Pennsylvania Joins 40+ States that have Eliminated Driver’s License Suspensions for Certain Non-Driving Related Offenses (Washington, DC) – Continuing their bipartisan commitment to second chances, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed House Bill 163 with a unanimous vote in the Senate and a 179-1 vote in the House, and House Resolution 76 with a 49-1 vote in the Senate. House Bill 163 eliminates driver’s license suspensions for certain non-driving related offenses, while House Resolution 76 will opt Pennsylvania out of a burdensome federal provision that requires the Commonwealth to automatically suspend the driver’s licenses of those convicted of certain crimes in order to receive federal highway funds. In Pennsylvania alone, over 33,000 people had their licenses suspended for convictions of nonviolent, non-driving related offenses in 2017. Pennsylvania now joins at …

First-Of-Its-Kind ‘Clean Slate’ Bill Signed Into Law in Pennsylvania

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Legislation Would Permit Records of Individuals Convicted of Low-Level, Nonviolent Misdemeanors To Be Automatically Sealed After 10 Years Without A New Conviction FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2018 Press Contact: press@justiceactionnetwork.org HARRISBURG, PA — The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, applauded Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for signing the country’s first ‘Clean Slate’ law. ‘Clean Slate’ ensures automatic record sealing for individuals convicted of low-level, nonviolent misdemeanor offenses after 10 crime-free years. The ‘Clean Slate’ legislation received overwhelming support in both chambers, passing the House by a vote of 188-2 and the Senate, 49-0. “When Governor Wolf signed this …