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Rick Collins to Address Criminal Record Sealing in NY as Panelist at February 21st NYCLA Program

Rick to Present Information on New NY Sealing Law at Program Open to both Attorneys and the Public On Wednesday, February 21st, Rick Collins will be providing both fellow attorneys and the general public with the latest information about criminal record sealing in New York as part of a panel discussion and CLE Program being presented […]

Law Allowing New Yorkers to Seal Their Criminal Records Goes Into Effect

Beginning on October 7th, Tens of Thousands of People Can Seal Their New York Criminal Records and Move Forward with a Clean Slate     Beginning on October 7th, people who have long been suffering the negative consequences of a long-ago New York criminal conviction on their record will finally have the opportunity to have their […]

Finally! New Criminal Record Sealing Law in New York

The New York Legislature has passed and Governor Cuomo has signed into law a new section of the Criminal Procedure Law, § 160.59, allowing for the sealing of certain convictions. This change will benefit tens of thousands of deserving New Yorkers who are seeking to seal their criminal convictions and truly gain a fresh start […]

“Jails to Jobs” Program to Offer Guaranteed 2 Month Employment for Inmates Who Leave NY Jails After Serving Their Sentence

New City-Funded Initiative Will Provide “Transitional Employment” to Ex-Offenders Through Program Launching by the End of the Year Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new city-funded initiative that will guarantee short-term minimum wage jobs to inmates leaving prison. Through the “Jails to Jobs” program, which is expected to launch by the end of the […]

Blog Addresses Staffing/Temp Worker Placement and Prior Criminal Convictions

Staffing Company Provides Insight for Employers on Benefits of Being “Felon Friendly” An Illinois-based human resource organization is encouraging employers to consider the benefits of being “felon-friendly” in filling their staffing needs – and has published a blog providing an overview of why employers should consider hiring those with a prior conviction. In the blog, […]

Missouri Expands Criminal Record Expungement While New York Lags Behind

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently signed into law a vast expansion of the state’s expungement law, making more people eligible to have their criminal records sealed when the law takes effect in 2018. Under the current law in Missouri, only certain convictions related to financial or property damage crimes were eligible for expungement, with a […]

Marijuana and Conditional Criminal Record Sealing in New York

As the year comes to a close and with November’s election behind us, it’s time to check in on where things stand with the push to legalize marijuana in various states across the country. Ballot initiatives seeking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana were decided on by voters in five states, with the initiatives […]

Appeals Court Overturns Federal Judge’s Expungement of “Jane Doe’s” Conviction

Court Says Federal Law Doesn’t Give Judges the Power to Expunge Convictions Unlike many states, New York doesn’t have an expungement law to give second chances to deserving Americans with past criminal convictions. Sadly, neither does the federal court system. The issue of criminal record sealing and expungement of convictions made news nationwide recently, when […]

“Banning The Box” on College Applications

Move to “Ban the Box” in Higher Education, including SUNY Schools, Continues to Gain Ground The move to encourage colleges nationwide, including those in New York, to re-evaluate questions pertaining to an applicant’s criminal history continues to gain ground – with recent developments and media attention shedding some much-needed light on this important issue. With […]

New Jersey Moves Forward in Further Easing Path for Expungement of Criminal Records, While Status of Criminal Record Sealing in New York Remains at a Standstill

While we continue to wait for action surrounding the sealing of criminal records in New York, this month the State of New Jersey made further advances in helping ex-offenders move forward with their lives.  NJ Governor Chris Christie has just signed Bill A206 into law — significantly reducing the time that some ex-offenders have to […]


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