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‘Clean slate’ law helps ex-cons, adds employer responsibilities

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Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf has signed a “clean slate” bill designed to help people convicted of nonviolent crimes obtain gainful employment. Under the new law, Pennsylvania courts will automatically seal nonviolent convictions after 10 years, as long as the person has no other convictions and is not facing ongoing prosecution.

The move follows last year’s “ban the box” executive order, which bars most state government offices from asking job applicants about prior convictions or arrests. That policy has exceptions for positions that specifically require clean records, such as law enforcement positions.

Cooperation and coordination

The clean slate bill was the result of bipartisan cooperation between the Republican-controlled legislature and the Democratic governor. The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), told reporters, “I think it’s just a step in the right direction to take a...(register to read more)

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