Rick Collins, the attorney who's been working with the NY Bar Association to pass legislation that would allow sealing old criminal convictions in NYS posted this on the Facebook page dedicated to our cause yesterday:
"I am in touch with news sources seeking personal stories about how a non-violent criminal conviction hurts opportunities in employment, housing or education even many years later. Anyone who would like to publicly share their experiences to raise awareness for this cause should feel free to inbox me (some reporters will print first names only). The chance to build public support is now."
This is our chance to finally get mainstream media coverage of this tragedy, which is being allowed to continue to happen. A lot of you have great stories that you've already shared on here; if you'd consider sharing them with Rick and/or the press, it'd really help our cause. If you're worried about divulging your name, it's no problem to check with him beforehand if you only want your first name used (or possibly even to remain anonymous). You can private message him through his Facebook page here:
Please check out our Change.org online petition at the link below. It supports New York Bills A1139 & S682 the "Second Chance Law" for Sealing New York State Criminal Convictions. First go to "Petition Letter". If you agree with it, sign then pass it on to everyone you know. We really can use everyone's help. Thanks!
Also, please "Like" our Facebook group dedicated to this cause. It can be found here: