Agenda For New York
A path to safer communities and a way forward for New York.
The Second Chance Agenda for New York is a package of new and existing legislative proposals assembled by the New Yorkers United for Justice (NYUJ) Coalition to create safer communities and a more fair and just criminal legal system in New York State. If enacted, these reentry-forward policies will eliminate unjust barriers to successful reentry, reduce harsh and lengthy sentences, and expand data-driven reentry services provided in our communities.
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Investments in Reentry Services
Addressing a person’s reentry needs can dramatically reduce their likelihood of recidivism, while improving their chances of having a successful, permanent reentry. That’s why NYUJ supports building and investing in a thriving ecosystem of reentry and treatment services in the communities.
Clean Slate Record Clearance
A criminal record can mean a lifetime of barriers to basic opportunities in employment, housing, and other needs critical to successful reentry. If enacted, new Clean Slate legislation will automatically expunge criminal records after a reasonable period of time.
Second Look Sentencing
A large portion of New Yorkers in prisons are serving unnecessarily long and harsh prison sentences—with no benefit to public safety. “Second Look” sentencing reform will allow the courts to review and reduce individuals’ sentences, safely reduce incarceration, and provide more New Yorkers a true second chance.
An effective legal system must be assessed and driven by accurate, transparent, and accessible data. However, New York’s current system is outdated, overburdened by large gaps in its data collection and sharing methods.
Many people in New York State and City with criminal records face a host of obstacles as they reintegrate into society after completing their sentencing or probation.
A coalition of labor unions, survivor and victim organizations, civil rights groups and legal services on Monday in an open letter called on top state lawmakers to reconvene in Albany and approve a bill that would seal and expunge criminal records in New York.
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