Hochul seeks to seal records of felons who stay clean after doing time


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Criminal justice reform advocates are pleased that Governor Hochul's proposed budget includes so-called "Clean Slate" legislation, but some say the proposals don't go far enough.

The activists favor legislation that would automatically seal a New Yorker’s conviction record as soon as a sentence is completed. The governor believes seven years should lapse before a felony record is sealed. It would take three years to seal a misdemeanor record. Supporters of Clean Slate say it will allow people to rebuild their lives with stable jobs and secure housing.

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