Pennsylvania Clean Slate Starts Sealing 30 Million Criminal Records on One-Year Anniversary of Signing

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On June 28, 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced at a press conference to celebrate the one-year anniversary of him signing House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill into law that the automatic sealing of criminal records would begin that day, according to a press release on the Governor’s website.

“Today, as the Clean Slate provision for automatic record sealing goes into effect, we will be freeing thousands of people from the handcuffs of history,” Governor Wolf stated. “These are people who have spent 10 years or more without reoffending or in some cases who were never found guilty or had their charges dropped.”

Approximately one-twelfth of the 30 million criminal records will be sealed each month, starting with the most recent cases, meaning that all non-convictions from the past 10 years will be sealed over the next few months, before any convictions will be sealed, according to a press release.

On June 28, 2018, Governor Wolf signed the “Clean Slate” bill – the first of its kind in the nation – and Pennsylvania became the first state to automatically seal eligible criminal records so that they could not affect an individual’s chance for employment, education, and housing.

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