Clean Slate is a Connecticut law that allows for the erasure of criminal records of people who remain crime-free for an extended period. More facts…
People with misdemeanors and lower-level felony records will be eligible after seven and ten years, respectively. Charges for sex, family violence, and firearms are not eligible.
For eligible misdemeanors, seven years before today was 11/27/2016.
For eligible felonies, ten years before today was 11/28/2013.
At this time, it is not known how long it will take the State of Connecticut to erase eligible convictions. Clean Slate was supposed to be implemented on January 1, 2023, however there has been a delay in implementation so currently the only convictions erased are those that qualified for erasure under the cannabis expungement law. See the State’s cannabis conviction erasure site for more information.
After Helen learned about CT’s Clean Slate Law, she went back to school. Helen graduated from her nursing program in January 2023, when Clean Slate was supposed to go into effect. The timing is not a coincidence. Helen got a 100 on her final. She was still disqualified from becoming a nurse.
Carolyn, a 70-year-old lifelong resident of Bridgeport, is currently applying for senior housing, but finds herself unable to move.
In 2021, Connecticut passed one of the country’s most progressive Clean Slate laws. David’s Clean Slate process went through, but it is unclear when private agencies will obey the law and clear his records as well.