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November 17, 2023
New York's “Clean Slate Act”' Puts Criminals First, Further "Dismantles Law And Order" In An Already Lawless State
In many jurisdictions, our criminal justice system isn’t working as it should. It is quite clear that many Americans feel less safe today than ten years ago due to failed criminal justice reform, among other things.
Rather than support law and order, progressives in New York have decided to continue with their radical social experiments.
Governor Kathy Hochul signed New York’s "Clean Slate Act" into law on Thursday, which seals the criminal records of former convicted criminals when applying for housing and employment.
Essentially, this hides the criminal history of a lot of convicts and is another unnecessary law that hurts people who are entitled to know this information. This is also another reason not to become a landlord in New York.
I am sure tenants will feel so much safer now that landlords can't do a criminal background check.
Just curious, what has Hochul done to provide victims with a “clean slate?”
The state has also reinstated the right to vote for people on parole.
“My number one job as the New York State Governor is to keep people safe, " Hochul said, according to The New York Post. “And I believe that the best anti-crime tool we have is a job when people have steady work.”
If the offender does not commit another crime, eligible misdemeanor records will be cleared after three years, and certain felony records after eight years after their sentence is complete.
"I negotiated a compromise that protects public safety and boosts economic opportunity, and the final Clean Slate Law will help New Yorkers access jobs and housing while allowing police, prosecutors, and school officials to protect their communities," Hochul continued. "And as our state faces a worker shortage, with more than 450,000 job openings right now, this new law will help businesses find more workers who will help them grow, expand, and thrive."
The misdemeanors include those who have been convicted of disorderly conduct, larceny, and vandalism. Felons include those who have been convicted of money laundering, insurance fraud, or compelling prostitution.
"The clock restarts altogether if parole or probation is revoked or if there is a new conviction," Hochul's office noted. "Employers permitted by law to perform fingerprint-based criminal history checks on job applicants will continue to receive those records and use them to determine whether individuals should be hired."
Many critics have claimed that this hurts victims and takes away a power that judges already had the ability to do.
“The Clean Slate Act represents the latest step in the wrong direction,” Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay wrote in a statement. “This is yet another pro-criminal, misguided policy from the people intent on dismantling law and order and removing individual accountability.”
Law enforcement officials also railed against the legislation, saying it falls in line with the revisions to bail laws.
“I think there’s a force magnifier, when you have law after law, that emboldens criminals, law and the law that tells criminals they are not accountable for their actions,” Suffolk County PBA President Lou Civello said. “I think it certainly demoralizes your law enforcement officers, those of us that are out there risking our lives to make this a safer place to live.”
Society is not able to flourish if we continue to decrease the safeguards in place that prevent more crimes from being committed. At the very least, this is cruelty to innocent victims.
There is no doubt that the left loves lawlessness.