Today, after years of organizing by formerly incarcerated people and families, the Clean Slate Act has been signed into law by New York’s Governor, Kathy Hochul. After implementation, millions of New York families will finally have the opportunity to thrive as old records begin to seal.
This is a great win for The New York Women’s Foundation’s Justice Fund grantees, especially Bronx Defenders, A Little Piece of Light, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, NYIC, Youth Represent, FPWA, NY Theological Seminary, AFJ, New Hour, VOCAL, Katal Center, Hudson Link, Theater of the Oppressed, New Pride Agenda, all members of the Clean Slate coalition.
The Justice Fund supports community solutions that reduce incarceration, move our city and country toward decriminalization, and invest in economic opportunity, health and safety for system-impacted people and communities. Our approach centers individuals with histories of justice system involvement, community leaders, CBOs and leaders from academia and research in order to leverage their local voices and visions.
Investing in ending mass incarceration with a gender and racial equity lens to promote justice, safety and overall well-being for women and families in New York City. While the work to end perpetual punishment for all people, today we join organizers in celebrating the power and impact of collective action.