The Legislature’s next gift to New York City criminals

It’s bad enough that the legislature is resisting modest corrections to its recent, disastrous criminal justice reforms. Worse still, it’s out to keep messing around.

We look at Senator Zellnor Myrie’s (D-B’klyn) “clean slate,” one of the few policy items included in the Senate budget. It would seal sentencing files after three years for misdemeanors and seven years for felonies – eventually they are completely erased.

That means it would wipe out more than 2.3 million criminal convictions as if they never happened.

New York already has a liberal seal law that includes judicial review and bars sex crimes, murder, manslaughter, arson, kidnapping, criminal possession of weapons, and other crimes of significant public danger. It reasonably allows those who have kept their records clean for 10 years and have only one felony and misdemeanor or two to seal those offenses.

View of the Assembly Chamber during a legislative session at the New York State Capitol
The law would wipe out more than 2.3 million criminal convictions.

But progressive lawmakers want more because they consider the entire criminal justice system to be racist, including the judges (which is why they refuse to give the judiciary any discretion to incarcerate nearly all offenders, no matter how dangerous their record); They think even violent criminals deserve unhindered second chances, public safety to hell.

Clean Slate would almost remove Everyone Trace a person’s criminal history, including heinous crimes, in the name of removing barriers to employment. Even employers in the areas of childcare, elderly care and finance would have no knowledge of a hiring candidate’s criminal record. How could a legislature in good conscience support such a law?

It also gives ex-convicts the right to sue prosecutors, other government officials and even third parties over allegations that their sealed criminal records were disclosed or obtained in violation of the new law.

Look: There’s room to do more to seal records, but with New York’s rising crime levels, the priority should be improving public safety, not adding new risks.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/25/the-legislatures-next-gift-to-new-york-criminals/ The Legislature’s next gift to New York City criminals


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