Clean Slate laws have been a literal lifesaver for many people with a criminal record. These laws automatically seal certain conviction and non-conviction records if a person remains crime-free, making it easier for people with a criminal record to find employment, get into a good school, join volunteer programs, and contribute positively to their community.
According to the Clean Slate Initiative, one in three Americans has a criminal record, and nine in 10 employers use background checks in hiring. They estimate $87 billion in GDP is lost every year to shutting people with criminal records out of the labor market.
Several states have already adopted Clean Slate laws, and more are on the way. What is your state doing, and are you going to be ready? Can your technology adapt to your state’s specific Clean State requirements?
We’re proud to be at the forefront of helping states operationalize their Clean State laws. Technology is an essential part of providing individuals with a clean slate because records and computerized criminal histories (CCH) are held electronically, and when records are cleared or sealed, it’s an automated process.
That’s why equivant case management and data-sharing tools are designed with features that directly support Clean Slate legislation:
- You can set up a process for setting aside eligible convictions after a certain number of years based on your state’s laws.
- As the number and types of eligible misdemeanors and felonies that are eligible to be set aside changes, you can easily adapt your process.
- As waiting periods change, you can revise what’s set aside when.
- As records that are eligible for Clean Slate laws are assembled, they can be shared with other agencies.
We believe everyone deserves a chance to rebuild their lives following a conviction, and we’re proud to be able to help states offer a clean slate.
If Clean Slate laws are already in effect in your state, or if they’re coming in the next few years, let’s talk about how equivant tools and our experienced team can support you. Give us a call today.