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The time for a federal ‘clean slate’ measure is long overdue
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The time for a federal ‘clean slate’ measure is long overdue

Akua Amaning writes about why federal policymakers should pass clean slate legislation.

Imagine if a government database entry was keeping you out of a job, a home or from going to school. This is the reality for roughly 1 in 3 Americans, for whom a long-ago interaction with police may have led to an arrest or conviction record.

In the digital era, landlords, employers and educators use criminal records to screen applicants, meaning that any record — no matter how small or long ago  is now a life sentence to poverty for millions of Americans. Across the country, many states have attempted to put in place comprehensive expungement and record clearance measures, but federal criminal records still prevent people from rebuilding their lives and participating in society.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill. Click here to read the article.

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Akua Amaning

Director, Criminal Justice Reform


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