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New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

An apparent deal has been reached between the New York State Senate and Assembly on several criminal justice measures, including the sealing of some criminal records and a measure to hold gun manufacturers legally liable for people who commit crimes with their guns. 

The New York State Capitol
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As the New York State legislative session draws to a close, lawmakers are considering several criminal justice changes, including what’s known as clean slate legislation. It would expunge some criminal records for those who have already served their time in prison.

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

The state Senate held a hearing this week on a measure that would seal conviction records for up to 2 million New Yorkers who have committed serious crimes and served time in prison for them. Senators heard from New Yorkers who were formerly imprisoned or on probation, who say they face barriers to housing and employment because of their convictions, have led to a form of “perpetual punishment.”