Some supporters estimated the change will impact the lives of about 300,000 formerly incarcerated people in Connecticut. According to ACLU in Connecticut,”People living with a criminal record in Connecticut face more than 550 legal and policy barriers in areas such as housing, jobs, education, insurance and credit, and participating in public programs and services.”
How can you currently erase criminal records in Connecticut?
Under current law, there are two methods by which an individual can get his or her criminal record erased by the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The first method, for which people with virtually all types of convictions are eligible, requires the individual to submit a pardons application and have a full, in-person hearing before the Board.
See Application for Pardons in Connecticut
Application forms here.
DO NOT STAPLE the application or any other documents
Board of Pardons and Paroles
Attn: Pardons Unit
55 West Main Street, Suite 520
Waterbury, CT 06702
If you do not disclose a conviction in your application, and it is later discovered by the Pardons Board, after you have been granted a pardon, your pardon may be revoked, and you may be prosecuted for perjury.
The State Police may not have every criminal conviction. If you were convicted of crimes that are not listed on the criminal history sheet, you must explain those convictions in your application. You are required to obtain the official criminal record(s) for out of state convictions, and you must mention those convictions in your application. Some motor vehicle convictions will affect your criminal record. This is especially true of Reckless Driving, DUI and DWI type offenses.
What Criminal Records Can Be Erased With New Clean-Slate Bill in CT?
Connecticut’s Clean Slate Bill SB 1019
“AN ACT CONCERNING THE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES,
ERASURE OF CRIMINAL RECORDS FOR CERTAIN MISDEMEANOR AND
FELONY OFFENSES, PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION BASED ON ERASED
CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD INFORMATION AND CONCERNING THE
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING
COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO MISDEMEANOR SENTENCES.”
The Clean Slate Bill will not apply to criminal records regarding Class A, B, or C felonies, certain unclassified felonies, domestic violence crimes, or crimes requiring sex offender registration. The bill will focus on formerly incarcerated people who have misdemeanors and Class D or F felonies on their records. Misdemeanors become eligible for erasure after seven years, while Class D and F felonies and unclassified felonies with prison time of five or fewer years can be wiped after 10 years.