With the eagerly anticipated Clean Slate law soon to go into effect, Pa. Reps Ed Gainey and Jake Wheatley said it was time for a crash-course in the different paths to pardons the commonwealth has to offer.
In that vein, elected officials, residents, and an assortment of experts gathered Sept. 5 at the Hosanna House in the heart of Wilkinsburg to learn the ins and outs of obtaining a clear record.
Under the state’s Clean Slate Law, after 10 years the criminal records of those convicted or found not guilty of non-violent offenses will be automatically sealed, barring any further brushes with the law. However, for others with convictions on record, problems can persist. For some people, this means difficulty in gaining employment or even being able to find housing.