State Senator Marilyn Moore on Sunday will be among the state legislators kicking off a campaign called “clean slate” a law proposal to expunge criminal records for non-violent offenders after a period of years. The event, hosted by Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, will take place Sunday, 3 pm in Mount Aery Baptist Church, 73 Frank Street.
News release from CONECT:
“Clean Slate” legislation would create a system of automatic expungement of criminal records for people who have served their time and stayed crime-free for a significant period of time upon release (3 years for misdemeanors and 5 years for non-violent felonies).
Pennsylvania passed similar legislation in 2017-18 with broad bipartisan support, and a number of other states are now considering similar action. Both liberals and conservatives across the nation–including the Koch Brothers, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Center for American Progress–are encouraging states to adopt Clean Slate legislation.
Clean Slate removes the stigma of a criminal record and restores the dignity and full citizenship of those with a criminal record–an important step in shifting our highly punitive, racist system of mass incarceration towards rehabilitation, restoration, and redemption. Additionally, Clean Slate legislation benefits the economy with returning citizens earning new jobs, better wages, and opening small businesses. Returning citizens with expunged records would play a critical role in filling some of the 25,000 jobs currently vacant in CT.
What: More than 100 CONECT leaders will gather with key CT Legislators on Sunday to launch a legislative campaign to pass “Clean Slate” legislation this session.
Who: Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk); incoming chair of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Gary Winfield (D-New Haven); Sen. Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport), Rep. Robyn Porter (D-New Haven), Rep. Andre Baker (D-Bridgeport) are confirmed to attend. Over 100 CONECT lay leaders and clergy leaders from across Fairfield and New Haven counties, as well as other local and state allies, will also attend. During his campaign, Gov.-elect Ned Lamont pledged to support and sign Clean Slate legislation.
CONECT is a broad-based community organization made up of more than 27 churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and a Sikh gurdwara from New Haven and Fairfield Counties–representing more than 20,000 people from different races, ethnic groups, faith backgrounds, and both cities and suburbs–that have joined together to take action on community issues for the common good. CONECT is affiliated with the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (metro-IAF.org).
Why: CONECT believes in the collective power of individuals and groups working together to address their community’s biggest challenges. This legislation would further CT’s leadership in criminal justice reform and benefit families and communities both in CONECT congregations and across the state.