Introduction to the Clean Slate Initiative (CSI)
The Clean Slate Initiative’s vision is that everyone in America should have a fair opportunity to work, have a safe home, take care of their families, and contribute to their community. The Clean Slate Initiative seeks to provide individuals with the opportunity for a second chance.
Clean Slate efforts are rooted in a belief that people should not face unnecessary and extra-judicial punishments long after they have been arrested or completed a court-imposed sentence.
Records removal from the public record offers people a pathway to redemption by opening access to meaningful employment, housing, and education opportunities that allow them to provide for themselves and their families.
Clean Slate Initiative Minimum State Standards:
For a state to be listed as a Clean Slate State, they must comply with the following minimum criteria to meet CSI standards:
- Automation of record clearance;
- Automatic clearance upon eligibility of the record (noting that eligibility varies by state);
- Inclusion of arrest records;
- Inclusion of misdemeanor records; and,
- Strong recommendation for laws to include eligibility of at least one felony record.
To date, 12 states have passed laws that meet CSI’s Clean Slate criteria –
*Bill waiting for New York Gov. Hochul’s approval
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