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Over 34 million cases sealed from public view under Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law

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June 12, 2020

Since Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law took effect last year on June 28, 2019, over 34 million cases and nearly 47 million offenses have been sealed from public view.

Under the law, the following criminal history record information is automatically shielded from public view: (1) offenses with non-conviction dispositions, and (2) eligible summary and non-violent misdemeanor convictions more than 10 years old for which all court-ordered obligations have been completed.

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Court’s IT Department developed an automation process to identify eligible cases and offenses and communicate with the Pennsylvania State Police and the relevant courts for validation.

The infographic below highlights data about the cases and offenses shielded under the Clean Slate Law from June 28, 2019 through May 5, 2020 – including counts of cases and offenses sealed by county. A high-resolution file of the graphic is available for download at pacourts.us under Media Resources, and more information about Clean Slate is available here.

Over 34 million cases sealed from public view under Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law

PA Courts InfoShare is a monthly product of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) that visually highlights the work of the courts with interesting data and statistics obtained through the judiciary’s case management systems, interactive dashboards and other research. Reproduction is permissible with source cited.

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Media contact: Kimberly Bathgate, 717-231-3331

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