Tell Your Senator to Act for Clean Slate

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If Connecticut is going to be fairer, stronger, and safer, our state needs to make sure that people returning home after incarceration, who have earned the right to be part of our communities, have a real chance at supporting themselves and their families and getting their lives on track.

But right now, Connecticut residents with a criminal record face more than 550 legal barriers to successfully reentering society, including barriers to housing, employment, education, and credit.

Clean Slate is a promise from the State: if someone goes for a defined amount of time without a new conviction, they will have a light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of a fresh start. Importantly, this bill includes anti-discrimination protections, so if someone’s landlord, employer, or someone else discriminates against them based on a record that no longer exists, they can defend their rights at the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

S.B. 1019, a Clean Slate bill that includes as many people as possible and protections to prevent discrimination based on someone’s erased record, has passed out of the Connecticut legislature’s Judiciary Committee. Now, the bill needs Senate action, and your Senator needs to hear from you.

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Dear Senator,

As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to support S.B. 1019, the bill to begin creating a Clean Slate for people living with a record in Connecticut. Please help to bring this bill to the Senator floor for a vote, and please vote for the current version of the bill, which includes anti-discrimination protections and includes as many people as possible.

Connecticut residents who are living with a record, who have earned their chance to be back in society, should have a fresh start to be able to support themselves and their families. Our state needs this strong Clean Slate law with anti-discrimination protections to help people truly become part of our communities after their conviction or incarceration. It is important to me that Connecticut pursue smart justice solutions like Clean Slate to make our state, including our Senate district, safer, stronger, and fairer for everyone.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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