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Minnesota leaders tout benefits of ‘redemption’ under new expungement law (Oct. 30, 2023)

Minnesota earlier this year became the 11th state to enact legislation making it easier to expunge certain nonviolent criminal records. The expungement process is typically burdensome, costing money and a lot of time. But with the Clean Slate Act, that process has been streamlined and automated for qualifying offenses. To share more about the criteria,… Continue reading Minnesota leaders tout benefits of ‘redemption’ under new expungement law (Oct. 30, 2023)

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State leaders highlight thousands of criminal records to be expunged under “Clean Slate Act” (Oct. 30, 2023)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — State lawmakers and advocates are celebrating second chances for thousands of Minnesotans with criminal records who will soon see their low-level convictions expunged under a new law that takes effect in just over a year. “The Clean Slate Act,” passed by the state legislature this session, sets up a process for the… Continue reading State leaders highlight thousands of criminal records to be expunged under “Clean Slate Act” (Oct. 30, 2023)

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Attorney General Keith Ellison to hold a clinic to clear criminal records (Oct. 30, 2023)

Attorney General Keith Ellison will be hosting a clinic in north Minneapolis this week to help eligible people get their criminal records wiped clean.  The AG is working with New Justice Project and the Pathways to True Freedom Foundation on the clinic, which is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1101 W. Broadway, Minneapolis,… Continue reading Attorney General Keith Ellison to hold a clinic to clear criminal records (Oct. 30, 2023)

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More states pushing ‘Clean Slate’ legislation to clear former convicts (Jun. 2, 2023)

The Clean Slate Act takes various forms in different states, but generally the legislation seals the criminal records of former prisoners after they’ve served their time. New York’s Clean Slate Act bill would automatically seal the records of offenders who have served their sentence plus stayed out of trouble for several years afterward — three years… Continue reading More states pushing ‘Clean Slate’ legislation to clear former convicts (Jun. 2, 2023)

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CrimProfBlog: Chien et al. on Expungement (Apr. 26, 2023)

On April 26, 2023, the CrimProfBlog, edited by Professor Kevin Cole of the University of San Diego School of Law highlights Paper Prisons and Second Chance research on Minnesota’s Second Chance Expungement Gap, Texas’ Second Chance Non-Disclosure/Sealing Gap, Illinois’ Second Chance Expungement/Sealing Gap, and Missouri’s Second Chance Expungement Gap.

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Public Defenseless Podcast (Apr. 18, 2023)

On April 18, 2023, the Public Defenseless Podcast hosted Professor Colleen Chien and law student Alyssa Aguilar from Santa Clara University to discuss the Paper Prisons Initiative. The podcast starts by discussing the speakers’ motivations (5:30). Professor Chien discussed founding the Initiative after her research was validated by the experience of seeing numerous mentees and… Continue reading Public Defenseless Podcast (Apr. 18, 2023)

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