Allegheny County unveils record expungement and sealing program

Allegheny County unveils record expungement and sealing program

On the heels of Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate initiative, closer to home local public defenders and elected officials have decided to give Allegheny County residents who have had brushes with the law a shot at a fresh start. 

Realizing that an arrest can create barriers to housing and employment, former public defender now Judge Elliot Howsie, wanted to give his former clients second chances that wouldn’t be tainted by the stigma of a criminal record. To that end he decided to work with County-Executive, the Public Defender's office, and others to create the Project Reset program. 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
In major criminal justice reform, Pennsylvania becomes first state in nation to seal minor misdemeanors

In major criminal justice reform, Pennsylvania becomes first state in nation to seal minor misdemeanors

It was a motley crew of lawmakers that gathered two years ago to first bring up the idea of a bill to give people who have committed misdemeanors or lesser crimes a fresh start after paying their dues to society.

“Two Republicans from Central Pennsylvania, two Democrats from Philadelphia — what could we possibly have in common,” Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), one of those members, asked. “But we made it work.”

Thursday, June 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Corrections manager pay compression, clean slate bills clear Judiciary Committee

Corrections manager pay compression, clean slate bills clear Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee took up two higher profile bills Tuesday - one would provide an increase to managers of state corrections officers to deal with the issue of pay compression where corrections officers could potentially earn more than their supervisors, and the other would provide for automatic sealing of criminal records of some misdemeanors to build on Act 5 of 2016.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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