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The Wall Street Journal Recognizes New York’s New Sealing Law

Friday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal addressed New York’s new sealing law in an article, “New Law Aims to Help Ex-Convicts Get Jobs” (only WSJ subscribers may have full access). The piece, authored by Thomas MacMillan, notes that New York is home to 2.3 million people with criminal convictions. The new law, Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) Section 160.59, allows for the sealing of up to two convictions, including one felony. Sealed records will not be visible to potential employers or landlords, offering a second chance to many deserving New Yorkers. New York joins a growing number of states that have enacted expungement or sealing statutes to reduce the stigma of convictions that too often make it difficult for a convicted person to fully reintegrate into society. The Wall Street Journal spoke with Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez who said he “strongly supported” the law. Mr. Gonzalez continued, “An old conviction for a minor or a nonviolent offense should not hold people back from moving on with their lives.”

If you or someone you know has been convicted of a crime in New York, contact us at 516-294-0300 to see how we can help have this conviction sealed so you can finally close this chapter in your life.

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