For New York to recover, we need to wipe the slate clean

We talk of formerly incarcerated individuals as having paid their debt to society, of having done their time. The reality is starkly different.

More than 2 million New Yorkers with conviction records are systematically denied access to employment, housing and education, essentially shackling them for life. Just a single conviction can reduce someone’s lifetime earnings by $100,000. For those imprisoned, they stand to lose $500,000 in wages over the course of their life.

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