Policy Studies Clean Slate

The Case for a Clean Slate Bill in Connecticut

Key Points

Criminal records create enormous barriers to employment, housing and educational opportunities that linger far beyond the point when a person has served their sentence and paid their debt to society.
Expungement, known as an “absolute pardon” in Connecticut, can ameliorate this issue and truly give people second chances. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of those who are eligible for pardons seek and apply for relief because of how difficult and bureaucratic the current process is.
A clean slate bill in Connecticut would automate pardons for those who are eligible and bring relief to thousands of justice-involved individuals.

In the coming legislative session, Connecticut has an opportunity to significantly change the barriers justice-involved individuals face with the passage of a ‘clean slate’ bill.

Press release: Wipe the Slate Clean in Connecticut

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