Nearly 1 in 3 people have some sort of arrest or conviction on their record. In Delaware, over 400,000 people are saddled with arrest or criminal records that block their access to jobs, housing, education, starting a business, or participating fully in social and civic community life. That’s why we’re teaming up with the National Clean Slate Initiative, the Delaware Coalition for Smart Justice, Delaware Center for Justice, Game Changers, and the Paper Prisons Initiative to launch a Clean Slate effort right here in our state.
Join us for a virtual launch of the Clean Slate Delaware campaign on Wednesday, February 24, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. The event will be virtual via Zoom and live-streamed on our ACLU of Delaware Facebook page. Registration is required to participate on the Zoom webinar, which will be recorded.
This event is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the National Clean Slate Initiative and our plans to pass Clean Slate legislation in Delaware. Find out how criminal records can impact people far beyond their time served, and how they can even impact you, whether you have a criminal record or not. When our loved ones, friends, neighbors and community members are barred from fully participating in society and our economy, we all lose out.
Speakers include U.S. House Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, Delaware State Senator Darius Brown, Rev. Dr. Silvester S. Beaman, Pastor Bethel AME Church, Wilmington, Delaware, justice reform advocates, community members, and business leaders, and will be moderated by Rebecca Vallas of Center for American Progress and founding partner of the National Clean Slate Initiative.