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NY bar association backs sealing criminal records

The New York State Bar Association is backing a proposed change in state law that would allow judges to seal the criminal records of some people convicted of misdemeanors and low-level felonies to help them recover from those mistakes.

Friday’s vote of association delegates followed an examination of the issue by the 77,000-member group’s criminal justice section.

It recommended sealing records for people convicted of up to three misdemeanors or one low-level nonviolent felony. Sex offenses are excluded. New crimes would unseal the old records. Each case would require a judge’s review.

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