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Rick Collins Featured In May/June Issue Of State Bar News

Rick Gives Update on Work and Progress of Criminal Justice Section Sealing Committee

statebarsymbolnyThe May/June issue of the New York State Bar Association’s State Bar News features an article written by CMG’s Rick Collins, highlighting the work of the Criminal Justice Section and an update on record sealing/expungement in New York State.  Noting that the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section “has been at the forefront of efforts to create a mechanism to afford nonviolent ex-offenders a second chance” the article highlights the Committee’s “Sealing Records of Conviction Regarding Certain Crimes” and recommendations surrounding eligibility requirements for criminal record sealing in New York, which were adopted by the section and approved by the House of Delegates in January, 2012.

Rick’s article goes on to point to several bills that have been introduced in Albany addressing criminal record sealing/expungement in New York, including the recent bill from Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. Noting that Judge Lippman’s bill, OCA 2014-98R (which gained further momentum yesterday after being introduced by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol), echoes the rationale behind the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section’s efforts to change the sealing/expungement law in New York, Rick highlights Judge Lippman’s comments of the “real world consequences” on an individual when it comes to problems ex-offenders in New York currently have when it comes to employment, housing, social and civic prejudices.

In continuing his work to try to change law when it comes to criminal record sealing/expungement in New York, Rick will be in Albany today meeting with legislators on this important issue.  Make sure to check back here to learn of any new developments and progress surrounding the status of criminal record sealing in New York – and the work being done to give  deserving ex-offenders throughout New York State that all-important second chance that comes with having their criminal records sealed in NY.

To read Rick’s article in the May/June issue of the State Bar News, CLICK HERE.    If you have any questions about the status of criminal record sealing/expungement in New York, contact Rick’s office at [email protected], or call his assistant Ellie at 516-294-0300.

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