Home > Journals > LAWREVIEW > Vol. 94 > No. 2 (2021)
Can a Person's "Slate" Ever Really Be "Cleaned"? The Modern-Day Implications of Pennsylvania's Clean Slate Act
In 2006, Khalia was arrested for a “low-level counterfeiting charge.” While Khalia was innocent and never convicted for the charged offense, she still had a criminal record. Because she was concerned that future employers would “view her as a thief,” she never applied to any of her dream jobs. But once Khalia’s arrest record was automatically sealed, she finally had enough confidence to send in a job application to a prestigious consulting firm, and was offered the position. Khalia believes that her newly sealed criminal record “means a future without judgment.” And this future without judgment was made possible by Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Act.