Louisiana Needs a Clean Slate
In Louisiana, not everyone can afford a second chance.
Following decades of overcriminalization, between 70 million and 100 million Americans—1 in 3—now have some type of criminal record. In Louisiana, the most incarcerated place in the world, we know that thousands of Louisianans struggle with access to jobs, housing, and education due to criminal records that follow them for their entire lives.
Louisiana also has some of the most expansive expungement law in the country. The problem? With the highest filing fees in the nation ($550 to $650) and a process so confusing that most people have to hire a lawyer, most people cannot afford to get an expungement. Even though they've served their time. Even though they have no new convictions.
The Clean Slate campaign (https://www.jaclouisiana.org/clean-slate) wants to shift the burden from the expungement seeker to the government to initiate the expungement, automatically, after waiting periods that are already provided in the law. We have two bills this legislative session, and need YOUR help to ask your representatives to vote YES for a Clean Slate! Everyone should have a second chance.
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Please learn more about how you can take action on our website (https://www.jaclouisiana.org/clean-slate), and follow us on Twitter (@JacLouisiana). You may also join the Clean Slate Community Coalition by signing up here: Clean Slate Community Coalition Sign-Up Form. Thank you!
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