April 12, 2018
By Jasmine Hardy, Betsy Pearl, and Rebecca Vallas
The National Reentry Resource Center
Center for American Progress
Philadelphia resident Ronald Lewis was convicted of two misdemeanors in 2004. Almost 15 years later, his record still stands in the way of employment and other opportunities. However, states like Pennsylvania are advancing clean slate policies that seal minor criminal records after a set period of time, giving people like Ronald a second chance.