Key Takeaways :
Clean Slate laws automatically seal the records of people acquitted or convicted of relatively minor crimes, as long as they avoid further justice involvement for a certain period of time
Roughly 1 in 3 U.S. adults face substantial barriers to employment, housing, and education – often for decades-old offenses
Sealing records can help guarantee more people are able to access resources to effectively reenter the workforce and achieve stability after incarceration
Jeff Korzenik, Chief Investment Strategist at Fifth Third Bank, recently wrote a piece for the Hill to discuss Fair Chance Hiring and discuss the importance of policies, such as Clean Slate laws, to help remove barriers to employment for people with past convictions. Korzenik highlights the current labor shortage and the existential threat it poses to companies by squeezing businesses with higher wage costs but not providing enough workers to grow their business. Korzenik explores how other states are implementing policies to help improve the job market and he discusses how laws, like Clean Slate, can become a critical component of our economic recovery.
To read the full article from the Hill, click here.