“If our goal is to reduce recidivism and improve the lives of millions of Americans, we cannot allow hardworking citizens who served their time to be defined by their worst mistakes in life. With an in-erasable criminal record, they are locked out of the American Dream. It becomes harder to get a good-paying job, pursue education or training, and own a home. This creates a system that leaves many hopeless and trapped in a cycle of poverty, and it is time we broke that cycle.” – Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester
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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.
I’ll talk to Rebecca Vallas, Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress about the bill as well as steps that other states are taking for their own Clean Slate Act.
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