Second Chance Pledge
A record should never be a life sentence to poverty and stigma. For most people living with a record in Delaware, moving beyond that record comes with endless barriers to education, employment, housing, credit, and other opportunities. These roadblocks can be detrimental to a person’s ability to be a fully contributing member of society — which often leads to a continuum of incarceration and poverty. Even when people make mistakes, if they have done their time and now live crime-free, they deserve a second chance at freedom and opportunity.
Up to 400,000 people who have a record in Delaware live with limited access to jobs, housing, education, starting a business, or participating fully in social and civic community life. 290,000 of those people are eligible for mandatory expungement. For these individuals, Clean Slate's automated expungement implementation, set to begin in August 2024, can’t come soon enough.
That’s why we’re asking you to commit to working together to ensure that Clean Slate's implementation is as smooth as possible for the people who need that relief as soon as possible.
By taking the Second Chances Pledge, you commit to:
After you take this pledge, the Clean Slate Delaware campaign partners will be in touch with next steps on how you can take action to support Delaware's implementation.
Giving people access to real second chances promotes healthy families, healthy communities, and public safety. When our loved ones, friends, neighbors and community members are barred from fully participating in society and our economy, we all lose out. We can do better.
Clean Slate policies have strong bi-partisan, business, and community support. Now’s the time for you to join the growing momentum moving Clean Slate policies forward throughout Delaware and the country. Thank you for standing up for second chances!