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Hochul says changes to Clean Slate Act possible before end of session

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Sunday her confidence in the passing of the Clean Slate Act, a proposal aimed at sealing many criminal records, before state lawmakers adjourn for the year.

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The act, seen as a step towards changing New York’s criminal justice laws, has been in contention in prior legislative sessions and enjoys the support of the Democratic leadership and the governor.

The intention behind the act is to improve employment and housing opportunities for individuals with criminal convictions.

Despite Republican opposition citing concerns over crime and public safety, Governor Hochul stands by the Clean Slate Act with stipulations for certain types of crimes and timeframes.

Current proposals suggest sealing misdemeanors after three years and felonies after seven years, excluding time in prison, provided probation and parole have been completed and no charges are pending.