Records of Conviction

The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions Reconsidered

Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., Alan Rosenthal, Esq. and Patricia Warth, Esq., Elaine Wolf, Ph.D, Michael Messina-Yauchzy, Ph.D. Read Article

Criminal Justice Section Report "Sealing Records of Conviction Regarding Certain Crimes" adopted by the NYSBA House of Delegates January 27, 2012

Sealing a person's criminal record requires balancing competing interests. On the one hand, a person with a criminal record has, after a suitable period of lawful living and rehabilitation, an interest in pursuing employment, licensing, housing, education, and other benefits without the stigma of a prior arrest or conviction. Click here to see the full report. 

Consequences of Conviction: A Reminder of Some Possible Civil Penalties

Honorable Harold Baer, Jr., United States District Court Justice, Southern District of New York has written a booklet regarding "Consequences of Conviction: A Reminder of Some Possible Civil Penalties" and provided here by permission of The New York Law Journal. Click here to view the booklet.

Read the article written by Judge Harold Baer, Jr., and Jacqueline Harrington on Collateral Consequences and published in the New York Law Journal, January 30, 2012 that explains the need for and summarizes the booklet "Consequences of Conviction: A Reminder of Some Possible Civil Penalties."

See here for another NYLJ article about the NYSBA Criminal Justice section report and its adoption by the NYSBA House of Delegates.

New York State Bar Association President Vincent E. Doyle Commends Governor and Lawmakers on DNA Measure

Read the NYSBA press release here (March 2012).

To see the new law go to and search for S6733 or Chapter 19 of the Laws of 2012.

Re-Entry and Reintegration: The Road to Public Safety

Report and Recommendations of the Special Committee on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Proceedings, May 2006: Available upon request. (Email Amy Jasiewicz to request a copy.