The recent victory for Raise the Age advocates came with a potential added benefit for New Yorkers of all ages. Appended to reforms aimed at more fairly dealing with the state’s juvenile population, is Criminal Procedure Law §160.59. The statute provides for the sealing of past criminal convictions, under certain limited criteria, and is an attempt to bring New York up to speed with the majority of states on the question of just how long someone should be haunted by isolated mistakes in their past.
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