‘I Can Celebrate and Say I’m Free:’ How Connecticut’s Clean Slate Act Can Give People a Second Chance

Human services worker Rogsbert spent decades rebuilding her life after being arrested in 1987. Years later, the search for jobs has proven difficult when employers see that she has a criminal record. A new bill introduced in Connecticut called the Clean Slate Act would make expungement for people such as Rogsbert automatic after they remain crime-free for a set period of time. To learn more, go to cleanslatecampaign.org.

Jasmine Hardy is the video editor at the Center for American Progress. David Ballard is the policy and outreach coordinator for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center. Rebecca Vallas is the vice president for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center.