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Connecticut to Expunge 80,000 Criminal Records


Effective January 2024, the state of Connecticut will be expunging more than 80,000 criminal records. The Clean Slate law, sanctioned by the state Legislature in 2021, will automatically clear the criminal records of individuals after a certain amount of time has passed –

  • Seven years after a misdemeanor conviction.
  • 10 years after certain low-level felony convictions, provided there are no subsequent convictions during this period.

In 2023, Connecticut expunged over 40,000 low level convictions under the state’s new cannabis law. This initiative is said to reflect a proactive approach towards giving individuals with past convictions a fresh start and a chance to rebuild their lives.

State officials emphasize that erasure does not entail the deletion or destruction of records; instead, it prohibits their disclosure to anyone other than the court clerk responsible for maintaining the records.

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As always, we are here to help. Please Speak with Our Team if you have any questions about how clean slate laws impact your own background screening practices.

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