States across the country are taking action to enact clean slate policies. This toolkit includes the following ways to join the campaign and take action: talking points, frequently asked questions, sample op-eds, sample letters to the editor, and sample social media and shareable graphics.
CNN details how Pennsylvania’s first-in-the-nation clean slate automated record-clearing law, which went into effect on June 28, 2019, is expected to seal some 30 million over the course of the next year.
NPR highlights Pennsylvania’s first-in-the-nation Clean Slate automated record-clearing law, which went into effect on June 28, 2019. The law is expected to seal some 30 million over the course of the next year.
Washington Post: Criminal records can be a ‘life sentence to poverty.’ This state is automatically sealing some.
The Washington Post highlights Pennsylvania’s first-in-the-nation clean slate automated record-clearing law, which went into effect on June 28, 2019. The law is expected to seal some 30 million over the course of the next year.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Poll shows growing support for Reschenthaler’s clean slate bill for federal marijuana convictions
A new poll finds that Reps. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) and Lisa Blunt-Rochester’s (D-RI) Clean Slate Act has strong bipartisan support after the legislation was reintroduced in Congress this past April. Seventy-one percent of Americans support the bill, which would automatically seal federal nonviolent marijuana offenses and simple possession of other drugs, with only 19 percent opposing. The favorable results hold steady across political party, race, gender, and age.
Modeled after Pennsylvania’s landmark Clean Slate Act, California is considering a bill—backed by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón—that would take the concept and expand it. Pennsylvania’s bill introduced automated sealing for misdemeanors, clearing qualifying records after people remain crime free for 10 years. California’s bill would include some felonies and start automatic expungement as soon as the person’s sentence is complete, in addition to retroactively scrubbing any records that meet the state requirements.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Unlocking American Dream’: Bill proposes to seal non-violent, weed-related federal crime records
In April, Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-RI) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) reintroduced the Clean Slate Act, which would automatically seal nonviolent federal marijuana records for people who have paid their debt to society. The bipartisan legislation was inspired by Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Act, which became law in 2018. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) is currently developing a Senate companion bill.