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Assemblyman Joseph Lentol. Photo/Hans Pennink/AP Assemblyman Joseph Lentol. Photo/Hans Pennink/AP

New York state’s laws on sealing past criminal convictions could be changed in the coming year by members of the state Legislature, who heard testimony from prosecutors, defenders and advocates in support of expanding those opportunities, though in different ways.

While advocates said New York should enact laws to automatically seal criminal records without court approval, prosecutors said the state should loosen requirements for sealing eligibility. 

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Dan M. Clark

Dan M. Clark is the Albany reporter for the New York Law Journal. He covers the state Court of Appeals, the state legislature, state regulators, and more. Email Dan anytime at [email protected]

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