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Tracie Johnson of Community Legal Services. Tracie Johnson of Community Legal Services.

Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate law, which celebrated its first anniversary June 30, was a first-of-its-kind bill that cleared certain criminal convictions through automation. It has sealed more than 35 million criminal records so far, helping more than one million people to get a fresh start. In particular, the law has made a racial justice impact by providing record sealing relief to Black Pennsylvanians who remain targets of a criminal justice system desperate to maintain control over Black bodies.

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