Sunday, September 11, 2022

New program seeks to clear criminal convictions in Pennsylvania

Nearly three million people in Pennsylvania have a criminal record and more than 200,000 new criminal cases are filed each year, reported

With each conviction comes a set of collateral consequences – nearly 900 in Pennsylvania – that restrict housing, employment and even education.

A new project aims to reduce those effects and help people with criminal convictions get a new start.

TImeDone Pennsylvania is a new program from the Alliance for Safety and Justice – a national criminal justice reform non-profit – seeking to help people clear their records.

TimeDone provides connections to legal resources and employers for people with criminal records, free background checks, as well as other services like person finance workshops and planning for ownership.

The group is hosting a family-friendly block party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Break the Chainz, 2134 N 6th Street, Harrisburg. The event is a launch party for the new initiative.

Along with direct support for people with criminal records, TimeDone and the Alliance for Safety and Justice are advocating for the state legislature to expand eligibility for record sealing – an effort currently underway in the House and Senate – making changes to the state’s record sealing process and making record sealing automatic for some low-level misdemeanors.

The legislature passed a Clean Slate Law in 2018 that automatically seals some low-level offenses after 10 years of the person remaining crime free. A bill working through the senate right now would shorten that time to seven years for misdemeanors, five years for summary offenses and expand the law to include some low-level drug offenses.

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