Clean Slate

Matt Ryan / New York NOW

The 2021 New York legislative session is in its final hours, with many items yet to be resolved. Criminal justice reforms continue to dominate at the end of the session, just as they have for the past two years. Here’s a look at what seems to be in, and what seems to be out.

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An apparent deal has been reached between the New York State Senate and Assembly on several criminal justice measures, including the sealing of some criminal records to give convicts a second chance in life and a measure to hold gun manufacturers legally liable for people who commit crimes with their guns. 

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As the New York State Legislature’s session draws to a close, lawmakers are considering several criminal justice changes, including what’s known as the Clean Slate legislation. It would expunge some criminal records for those who have already served their time in prison.

Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Democrats who lead the New York State Legislature are moving ahead with several criminal justice reforms in the remaining weeks of the 2021 session. But Republicans, who are in the minority party, are pushing back, saying the measures go too far and will contribute to the rising crime rate across New York.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The New York state legislature is scheduled to end its session in mid June. Lawmakers have a long list of priorities they hope to finish before then.


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With the state Legislature session getting close to the end, there's a fight over this year's criminal justice reforms, and it has Erie County District Attorney John Flynn suggesting that a serial rapist like Altemio Sanchez, known as the Bike Path Rapist, could be let free.