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March 2016 , Page 10 

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NACDL News: Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Praises New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ‘Historic’ Categorical Pardon Affecting Thousands of Nonviolent, Former Teenage Offenders

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier

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On Dec. 21, the Office of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo officially announced a plan to pardon thousands of people who were convicted of a misdemeanor or a nonviolent felony at the age of 16 or 17, but who have had no other convictions since. The criteria that applicants must meet are available at www.ny.gov/services/apply-clemency. By this action, thousands of individuals stand to have multiple, significant barriers to successful re-entry into the community removed.

“[This] dramatic action by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a tremendous victory for all who have been fighting for criminal justice reform, and in particular those who have worked tirelessly to shine the light on the myriad ways in which criminal convictions erect often insurmountable barriers to re-entry — including housing, employment, and education, among countless other areas,” said E.G. “Gerry” Morris, president of NACDL. “In its sweeping restoration of rights and status, the governor’s wholesale pardon initiative

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