"In a civilized society, no New Yorker's future should be limited by the darkest moment in their past. Creating a process to automatically seal and expunge criminal conviction records of individuals who've served their time and returned to the community doesn't just directly benefit them-- all of us are positively impacted. A system that, for generations, has particularly presumed Black and Brown people guilty can and should be remade into one that preemptively presumes the capacity for growth, change and rehabilitation.
"For those New Yorkers with conviction records looking to move on with their lives after serving their time; for their families who need and deserve security, normalcy and dignity; for our communities that cannot safely thrive with a permanent underclass of formerly incarcerated citizens condemned to instability and recidivism; for our system of laws that can yet live up to the best of what we proclaim about it- today is a step toward justice.
"I'm grateful to the advocates, community, labor and business leaders, and impacted individuals who've helped make this moment possible, and look forward to seeing this bill signed into law."